Re: Who are these people?
"It seems to me that every Government that makes an attempt to regulate the Internet is doomed to ridicule, (with the possible exception of the Chinese Communist Party, but they're happy to shoot real bullets)."
That's exactly right. Every government that attempts to use some kind of technical fix to regulate the internet ends up looking ridiculous. Any government that uses real bullets to regulate the internet ends up getting what they want. There *are* no technical fixes. Your alternatives are to make it illegal and enforce that law, or give up. The Chinese have gone one way, for now, more or less successfully. Everyone else is just hand-wringing (and grand-standing). In the long term, it may turn out that the Chinese can't keep it up, in which case *everyone* will have ended up looking ridiculous except for those who just shrugged and got on with Real Life.