So it seems that Pakistan is blocking ‘blasphemous’ videos causing chaos due to routing miscalculations and error on the worldwide network. It seems that Pakistan’s attempts to block YouTube from their own population disrupted YouTube access around the world. This problem was gradually repaired (though still points to serious infrastructural issues). Read more in Lauren’s post

Then there is China that sensors Google’s search engine. The difference between the two, is that the first felt strongly about video content that shouldn’t be viewed locally that subsequently disrupted access for many YouTube users worldwide, whereas the second is a political decision for a country, that impacts only that country.

It is a challenge, globalisation, free speech and this conflict with our differing cultures, perceptions, opinions, etc. I guess the future will bring a harmonisation… at least online, I guess we can always dream…..