Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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Not the kind of none-free to fear
by panzi on Mon 12th Jul 2010 00:06 UTC
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Didn't read the whole article (to late, no time), but free as in no payment isn't the free the internet is all about. What we really need to fear is the end of the free internet concerning free speech and democracy. More and more countries install internet filters with secret blacklists. That is censorship. That is against democracy. If the webpages on the blacklists are criminal they have to be taken down and the list has to be public. Everyone should know which site is engaged in criminal activity. Leaked blacklists from countries that already have these filters show that most blocked sites are from countries that would cooperate in taking them down (USA, EU). Also a lot of the entries of the leaked lists are actually added by mistake (if one assumes no ill intent for the persons who made the lists).

So free speech is at risk, which is much more important than gratis newspaper websites.

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