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October 28, 2008


Dwight Hines

I keep earning error messages when I try to subscribe to this (your) Rconversation:
Error message is:
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Please try the following:

Contact the Web site administrator if you believe that this request should be allowed.
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HTTP Error 405 - The HTTP verb used to access this page is not allowed.
Internet Information Services (IIS)

Technical Information (for support personnel)

Go to Microsoft Product Support Services and perform a title search for the words HTTP and 405.
Open IIS Help, which is accessible in IIS Manager (inetmgr), and search for topics titled Setting Application Mappings, Securing Your Site with Web Site Permissions, and About Custom Error Messages."

Please let me know when it is fixed or subscribe me to the digest email version.
Thank you,

Rebecca MacKinnon

DH, thanks for the heads up about the technical problem. The rss-to-email service I was using, RMail, appears to be down. I've now switched to Feedburner, which should work fine.

TP Lin

Dear Professor MacKinnon,

I read your blog regularly and respect what you have done for China's freedom of speech.

I am from Taiwan. Taiwanese people fought for their basic human rights for decades and earned what they deserved. Taiwan's democracy was once the glory of this state.

However, the status quo changed. After President Ma Ying-jeou's aggressive attempt to improve cross-strait relations with China, Taiwan's democracy and freedom of expression retreated. Some observers believe the improved cross-strait relations are at a cost to Taiwan's liberty.

If you do more research on recent Taiwan events, you might discover that many cases revealed Taiwan's democracy recession during past 6 months. It could be a warning sign for East Asia's human rights outlook.

I found your article about "The Global Network Initiative" signed by major US companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. I urge that the GNI must be implemented to the country level, but not just sit on their headquarters.

In a recent case happened in Taiwan, Yahoo! Taiwan shut down a personal blog, Mango Daily, that voices for Taiwan's democracy. It's ironic that Yahoo! Taiwan did this after they signed the Global Network Initiative.

I hope my opinion can catch your attention on Taiwan's democracy recession. Taiwanese people need more support than ever to protect their freedom of expression.

Best regards,
TP Lin (tipping888 鐵平)


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