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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Don't you think you are trying a little too hard to be the Glenn Beck of the IT world Thom? This is just another sensationalist headline on your part that is heavily biased towards your own view of things, makes claims that are far from the reality of what is being discussed, and runs around like chicken little claiming the sky is falling.

Lets take a look at many of the principles that the UK wants to use as the basis of the new rules, shall we?

The need for everyone to have the ability—in terms of skills, technology, confidence and opportunity—to access cyberspace

I don't see any problems with that. Do you? Sounds like something the majority of us would support actually.

The need for users of cyberspace to show tolerance and respect for diversity of language, culture and ideas

Where's the problem with this? Is it so much to ask really for people to be civil too each other?

Ensuring that cyberspace remains open to innovation and the free flow of ideas, information, and expression

You should love this one. I know I do. Again, what's the problem with this?

The need to respect individual rights of privacy and to provide proper protection to intellectual property

Ok, I know you and all the other people out there who think you should be able to just take whatever you want and not have to pay the author / artist / developer for their work will not like this one. But theft is a major problem online that needs to be dealt with.

The promotion of a competitive environment which ensures a fair return on investment in network, services, and content

I don't see a problem with this one either. In fact, maybe it will help break up some of the mobile monopolies that currently make it so that there really isn't a competitive environment. At least in the United States.

So where's this fire you are yelling about Thom? Again, Glenn Beck would be proud of you.

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