In fact due to the complexities of the internet and to be honest the complexity of most things. No one really knows what may be caught up by their free speech free information blockers. Though you can be sure that the false positives getting reported will be massive.
By default they are turned on to block porn ( or whatever some board says is porn )
But also from speaking to ISPs it has been found out that many other things also will be by default censored.
This is the list so far of what is known to be being censored :
☑ violent material
☑ extremist and terrorist related content
☑ anorexia and eating disorder websites
☑ suicide related websites
☑ web forums
☑ esoteric material
☑ web blocking circumvention tools
So already it has gone from just porn to many different topics. I understand the reasoning for most of these choices if taken at face value. The problems begin when defining these choices. Who gets to choose? what are the criteria? Is there oversight? What about false positives? What about the right to appeal? aswell as many more questions.
Lets take a closer look at these potential
victims topics :
Number 1 Pornography. Does it mean hardcore porn, full nudity, erections, page 3 topless, sexually explicit MTV superstars performing fake oral sex on video. What about sex education websites? What about Hentai and other animated styles? naturist websites? Art?
Number 2 Violent material. So what is that going to be then? banned from seeing the collateral murder vid released from wikileaks. Of maybe of watching any of our troops when in active war zones. Maybe it will include a lot of so-called violent video games too? Animated violence like Tom And Jerry gonna be banned too?
number 3 Extremist and terrorist related content. Main question I want to ask here is who gets to choose who is a terrorist? Some people would apply it to Jihadist group or far right groups. Some people may find other groups could be classed as terrorists. From things like animal rights activists, to oppressed minorities fighting for their land back. One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter.
Number 4 Anorexia and eating disorder websites. Okay so straight away it could be sites that are trying to help anorexic people will end getting blocked. But on the plus side maybe McDonald’s will be blocked for causing obesity in people, Or maybe the whole supermodel and fashion industry could be blocked for showing anorexic women as role models….
Number 5 Suicide related websites. I suppose this is aimed at how to kill yourself type websites but could also include an assortment of goth and emo sites or informative or counselling sites for bereaved families after suicide.
Number 6 Alcohol LOLOLOL I wish them luck with that,:P I figure about a third of the internet could be blocked if it mentions alcohol
Number 7 Smoking Now this is getting to serious nanny state behaviour. Smoking FFS This is not only censorship but social programming.
Number 8 web forums W T F !!! Seriously, no need for them to be about anything that is harmful in any way, just any web forum that may contain info that some unknown censor deems to be offensive and it is gone, Blocked! There goes politics, debate, free speech and free thought. This is basically sneaking into a law about porn the option to block ANYTHING that TPTB don’t want you to see. MP caught in embarrassing situation … suddenly website blocked
Number 8 Esoteric Material. Ahh they are protecting us from demons witches and the mysteries of the universe. Hmmm would that not be in direct contravention on the freedom of religion in the universal declaration of human rights? Not just for the Wiccans but after all Religion full stop is esoteric by its very nature. So all religion blocked by default
Number 9 Web Blocking Circumvention Tools. LOL well of course. be foolish to lock the door then leave the key in the lock 😛
Anyway what I am trying to say rather badly is that we have to stop this stupid stupid idea of Cameron’s. Otherwise it will end up in the wholesale censorship of the free internet, one step at a time. They will nudge and nudge and keep on nudging along until everything they want is censored. I.e ANY political dissent or views that do not coincide with the moral majority.
Am I being paranoid and taking this too far? I really do hope so, but you only have to have a passing knowledge of history and politics and you will know that this is how change is brought about in this day and age. It is the age of Orwellian doublespeak, of spin, of saying one thing and doing the opposite, of giving an inch and taking a mile. It is also true that this government building on the work of new labours spin masters have pushed and perfected this technique of slow creep and mass distraction to a new limit, until it gets to the point that when I hear a government minister say one thing I automatically assume he is lying and look for the real reason behind his words.