Don't think there is not currently a massive campaign underway to censor the internet.

It's supported by all the major political parties and when that's the case I strongly suspect it comes from the establishment to which they answer.

They are openly lying to you about it. They told you they wanted to crack down on "child pornography"[1] but the list of categories which will be filtered is now out in the public domain where you can see it. It's extensive and obviously deliberately vague but it proves the critics were correct.

Open Rights Group has got hold of it:
☑ pornography
☑ violent material
☑ extremist and terrorist related content
☑ anorexia and eating disorder websites
☑ suicide related websites
☑ alcohol
☑ smoking
☑ web forums
☑ esoteric material
☑ web blocking circumvention tools

Re-read that list. In the new world the establishment fantasises about, where thought itself is a crime, these are your Ten Commandments. They're all areas which will become danger zones for your children, in their futures, once they've grown up. However it is the establishment who will make them dangerous.

All of this was inevitable. The technique being used is known as "boiling the frog"[2]. They will gradually increase the temperature now as other parts of this particular campaign are ramped up, including the Leveson proposals, so-called Hate Crime legislation and banning people from being allowed into the UK because they dare to think or say the "wrong thing"[3].

You'll be able to opt in or out, for now but there's no question in my mind that will change. Please add your thoughts to the comments section if you have reason to believe that will not be the case.

Personally I have nothing but contempt for state censorship of this kind and don't struggle at all with the image of an establishment who think you're too busy to notice what they're doing and so creep towards you like a cat stalking its prey. That was possible before but now the internet exists we have the beast under a form of scrutiny that did not previously exist.

The "net" or "web" might well be a trap but the question they're clearly asking themselves is who will be the ones to get the most caught in it?

Nick Margerrison.

[1] "David Cameron calls for companies to act on child porn searches" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23393872

Also, it's worth mentioning here that I find the description "child pornography" distasteful nowadays. This is because someone pointed out to me that the term "pornography" is being misused because it implies consent. It's actually scenes of child sexual abuse.

[2] FROM Wikipedia:
The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.

[3] Yep, a mixture of policies brought in by BOTH Labour and the Tories. They keep telling you they're all in this together.


Joey B said…
People who want to limit freedom usually start out picking on an unpopular group. "First they came for the pornographers, but not being a pornographer, I didn't say anything."

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