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German government pushes blockage of Netherlands web sites
Press release from Eveline Lubbers, 18 September 1996. Internet providers in Germany have blocked the Dutch Web site Access For All ( The German government demanded this action because xs4all hosts a Web home page with left-wing political content that is illegal in Germany.
Deutschland uber Alles?
From Cyber-Rights@CPSR, Press declaration, 4 December 1996. I published some material from the French Ministry of Telecommunications that seemed to set up censorship desired by the government of one country enforced by others. Here is an actual event illustrating the principle.
Germany Gets Radikal About Extremists on Web
By Rebecca Vesely, Wired Ventures, 22 January 1997. Are the German government's tactics for barring extremist material on the Internet realistic?
Letter to Chancellor Kohl urges investigation of Compuserve prosecution
Press release from, 23 April 1997. A coalition of civil liberties organizations from a dozen countries has written to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to express concern about the prosecution of an official from the Compuserve company which is making makes available Internet access to German subscribers.
Nazi Activists Arrested; Antifa Demo Against Fascist Computer Network
Translated by Arm The Spirit from Junge Welt, 16 June 1998. Around 150 anti-fascists demonstrated in Bad Segeberg against Nazi activist Thekla Kosche, who operates the far-right electronic mailbox system ‘Asgard-BBS’, a local branch of ‘Nordland-Netz’, which is an offshoot of the fascist computer network ‘Thule-Netz’.
German extremists shifting Net sites to US
AFP, The Straits Times, 22 August 2000. German extreme-right groups are transferring their Internet sites to access providers in the politically congenial United States.
Linux contract treads on Microsoft turf
By Stephen Shankland, CNET News, 3 June 2002. The German government has signed a deal with IBM and Linux company SuSE that makes it easier for government offices to use the open-source operating system, a move that addresses concerns about relying too heavily on Microsoft products that can be crippled by a single security weakness.