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[liberationtech] White House Petition - Deny Visas to Censors

Pranesh Prakash pranesh at
Sat Feb 9 04:14:53 PST 2013

Tye, John N [2013-01-29 21:48]:
> A petition on calls for the U.S. to deny visas to
> anyone working to advance internet censorship, e.g. the builders of
> the Great Firewall.  

I don't quite get the point of this.  Should other countries prevent
those responsible for the building of Room 614A[1] from being granted
visas?  Should employees of Narus and Verint and Pen-Link be prevented
from travelling at all?

While I am all for arguing that the issue of moral complicity cannot be
ignored ("it *is* my department"), I am not quite clear why visa-denial
is a useful response.


Pranesh Prakash
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Centre for Internet and Society
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