June 13, 2002

THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT’S effort to seize control of the Internet in that country has been foiled. The goal was feared to be censorship, but the .za domain administrator has moved the primary zone file offshore. The folks on Slashdot seem (mostly) to think he’s a hero.

South Africa isn’t distinguishing itself in the cause of freedom lately — from its silence on Mugabe to Mbeki’s AIDS policy (or lack thereof) to Mandela’s suckup to Libya. And now this. Not very impressive.

UPDATE: Neither is this.

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