This is not meant as flamebait, BTW.
I have always wondered about articles and comments such as this. Nearly everyone in the computing community has (seems to have) very set ideas about what they should be entitled to. I have yet to see anyone say "Hell, I don't really mind if there is censorship." since everyone says "Aargghh! If I can't do what I want to do then that is bad."
I wonder if that is a notion born of a) intelligence, b) awareness of surroundings c) rebellion d) bloody mindedness.
The fact that in reality, you CAN'T do anything you want to do (not even to a small degree in places) seems to have been missed by the online community. Well, not missed, it is the fact that the Internet was born out of a military application (or there abouts) followed by academia that gives the online world its "rebellious" viewpoint. Once taken on by the academic community, it had very little chance of being controlled in anyway since each institution could act independently without any central governance. Now that the 'corporation' has got hold of it, the whole thing is going to be sanitised, controlled, packaged and so on. All underground movements that get absorbed into the mainstream go the same way (Clubland, Skateboard, Surfing and so on). It is the very fact that it is a minority thing controlled (to a certain extent) by like minded people that gives something a chance to be rebellious and free, but once the rot sets in, control has (is) to be given up to the mighty dollar/pound/franc/mark etc.
Solution: move on to the next underground thing. Start something new, break new ground, explore other areas. The internet is lost to the corporation/government in many ways and nothing will get it back.
Too pessimistic? Too rambling? Too many ideas to express in one simple post.
Natsu-gusa ya, Tsuwamono-domo ga, Yume no-ato.