US, France, UK Declare War on Freedom of the Web
by Thom Holwerda
It’s official now. The signs had been there for a while now. While the west bangs on about the importance of freedom and democracy, they don’t actually want anyone to have too much of it. The US, France, and the UK have jointly pretty much declared war on freedom on the web.
Ars Technica has an article up which takes a peek inside the plan, jointly developed by the US, France, and the UK, to start ‘civilising’ and ‘policing’ the web. It would seem that for all the talk from these countries about spreading freedom and democracy, they don’t actually want their own peoples to have too much of it.
Of course, they wrap it up in a whole string of ‘think of the children’-arguments, focussing on things like child pornography, IP infringement, and more of these things. They are planning on setting up virtual borders around countries that are not willing to cooperate in the massive censorship plans of the US, France, and the UK. ISPs are supposed to become the virtual border patrol, blocking all traffic from and to countries not part of this coalition of the willing.
The real issue, of course, is that the web poses a major threat to the establishment. The web is a breeding ground for new and sometimes radical ideas, it’s a place where people with different, dissenting – but not illegal – ideas can get together and organise themselves. It’s a place where everyone can get his voice heard, it’s a place where money and power are irrelevant. It’s a new world, a world our current governments are not part of.