UK Government Moves To Restrict Internet Freedom
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on December 21, 2010
Mr. Ed Prays for The Children
It was inevitable, with a Tory-led Government and an inconvenient site like Wikileaks, the UK coalition Government was bound to dress up censorship of the net as a moral crusade on internet filth. The Communications minster Ed Vaizey is the man leading this charge under the big society banner, with MP for Devizes Claire Perry shouting and pleading… “Dear God! Wont someone please think of the children!”
As well as the Tory Party being the Party of Conservatism and Libertarianism, it’s also the Party of Prudes! Well, some are prudes, others just use this prudish feeling in their community and Parliament as a chance to control and limit what we see, read and hear. It’s funny really, because Libertarianism advocates people taking responsibility for their own actions and decisions in life, yet the Tory Party likes to take those choices away from us? Hypocritical maybe? Of course it is, wouldn’t expect anything else from Government.
I digress. Mr. Vaizey is proposing this block list, similar to The One in Australia, on the grounds that children and teenagers can easily find porn on the Internet. He’s going to meet with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) soon to discuss them doing something about it. He said:
“This is a very serious matter. I think it is very important that it’s the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children.
“I’m hoping they will get their acts together so we don’t have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years.”
There’s two things I want to say on that:
(1) ISPs should not be coming up with solutions for this problem, because it’s not their problem, the responsibility lies with the parents who should be computer savvy enough to use parental control to put a block list of sites on their own PC. Buying a programme for that precise problem isn’t hard and is easy to use. If you don’t know how to do that then you have no business owning a PC or even being on the Net.
(2) He doesn’t want to legislate because he knows it’ll cause a stink in Parliament with the Labour Party using it fully to their advantage to drive another wedge between the Lib-Dems and the Tories. That’s assuming the Labour Party don’t already have their teeth deep in to bigger chunk of proposed legislation or the fall out from the cuts.
In the Australian system, and in the UK one, there will be an “opt out filter” option, where you can decline to be subject to the block list. This is how it starts, a moral crusade that will eventually end in blanket blocking of internet sites by ISPs on the whim of the Government – just as it did in Australia. As stated earlier Australia tried this very system and it doesn’t work. Not only does it not work, sites like Wikileaks and other inconvenient sites get blocked too. Eventually the opt out filter wont be an option, it’ll be forced on us, for the greater good, to stop terrorism, Child pornography and to protect young minds. Read this article on access blocking to understand better: Link
I’m not just writing this piece in defence of Wikileaks, I’m doing it for the whole Internet. I believe it’s our choice to chose if we want to watch, read or hear certain things on the Net. Why should government and a moral minority be the ones to decide what we can and can’t watch, read and hear? Like nearly everything else the Government does, it’s all about control, and the Internet is a medium they haven’t got full control of yet.
So like in the real world, to gain control of it they will make you see a threat when there isn’t one to trick you in to supporting the regulation of the net. They will say it’s needed to protect our children from smut, to defeat Child porn, Terrorism, illegal downloading and more. Once you’re sufficiently scared, or convinced enough it’s needed, they’ll move in, limit the net and fill it with rules, filters and commence commercialisation. Then it’s just another medium that’s controlled and will be used against us, just like TV and Radio is today. It’ll be all about the money, and not about the freedoms, the sharing of ideas and creativity.
You know what’s stupid though? The supposed regulation brought in to stop the filth, Child porn Sites and Terrorism will not stop it! Their idea of ‘filth’ will still be on page 3 of the Sun every morning, the Child Porn will still be around, it’ll just be under ground again, if they get it off the net at all, as well as in our streets with prepubescent children wearing women’s clothes and shoes. And Terrorism will most certainly be about, as will piracy of music, videos and now software, as it was around before the advent of the Internet.
Fire walls like the one being proposed by Vaizey and have been tried in Australia have ultimately failed because of the Opt out filter, but how long before we’re not given option to do that? “Oh well, who cares if our freedoms are limited some more, at least we’ve done away with all that smut and danger on the Internet. A price worth paying!” I’m sure that will be the standard reply from people like Mr. Vaizey, Mrs. Perry and moral middle England. But no… they’ll just replace it with their own kind of smut, the kind they find acceptable and make money from, while secretly subduing another medium and avenue of freedom.
I hope it fails. Badly.
Mrs. Perry Thinks of The Children
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