“Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, has strong views on legislation setting up government Internet blacklists. “I would be very, very careful if I were a government about arbitrarily [passing] simple solutions to complex problems,” Schmidt said during a Google conference in England today, according to the Guardian. “So, let’s whack off the DNS. Okay, that seems like an appealing solution but it sets a very bad precedent because now another country will say, ‘I don’t like free speech so I’ll whack off all those DNSs’—that country would be China.”

Schmidt seems to have two targets in mind: the UK, where the Digital Economy Act allows for judicially ordered site blocking, and the US, where the newly introduced PROTECT IP Act hopes to monkey about with the domain name system (DNS) in order to cut off international pirate websites.”

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