Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jun 2011 18:51 UTC
Internet & Networking 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.
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Out of ignorance
by runjorel on Thu 9th Jun 2011 21:31 UTC
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As I read the governments' statements about all this, the more I think that this is their way of saying, we are being pwnd and we don't know how to stop it. I definitely agree with policing child porn, malware, etc. but I think that's more of a 'cutting-some-red-tape' issue than it is governing the net in general. I think these governments just need to get more creative and better at handling cyber attacks if that is really the issue at hand.

What scares me more though is the fact that Google and Facebook do a lot of censoring on their own. Well you can call it censoring or you can call it 'tailoring/personalizing results' or you can call it marketing, but either way if I am only being shown what someone else thinks I want to see, I call that censoring. I believe that the majority of people don't realize this happening and if they do, a lot of them don't care. In my opinion the war isn't brewing, the war has already started. I think people are just becoming more apathetic to censorship and privacy. Privacy gives way to the convenience of a cloud, censorship gives way to the convenience of personalization and free services.

I know that's probably a bit extreme, but what worries me more than privacy and censorship is, so far, the overall feeling of apathy towards it all.

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