Scritto da Ron Howard

From about two years, Italian government ban over one thousand on line games websites, for fiscal matters. But is it fair limit visitors freedom to reach websites on the Net, considering that customers pay for their broadband connection? How Governments block some IP or websites? Could be dangerous of our freedom, e.g. for dissidents blogs?




Last list is 1307 records long. For example, if you can to reach a site about Backgammon, you can access it. If you want play online backgammon, you can do it. But if you try with a site included in the blacklist, you read a message from Italian Government: “The requested site is not attainable because has no permission to operate the collection of games in Italy”.




Instead, other operators have permission (see e.g. Backgammon Online), basically for the reason that they pay taxes: games are essential for the cash of many countries.  A lot of Web “Guru” says that Internet freedom is untouchable, and nobody can limit it, especially governments. Other experts of law argue that web is not a world apart, and rules that are in force in real world must be put into effect on the Net too. But are filters dangerous for our freedom? Italy was the first West Country to apply this technique. Others states do so, like China and Vietnam, but for political reasons. Of course, filtering is dangerous for expression freedom.




How to? There is another point of view. Hackers historically don’t discuss about rules, but (if they don’t like one) try to overtake it. To ban access to on line games websites, Governments use a typical hacker technique, called web hijacking.


They needs the collaboration of Italian ISP, and it can be circumvented with tools made by experts, or using proxy servers and then masking Italian origin of their IP.