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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obsidian
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2007-05-12

When it comes to defending internet freedom (which I'm very strongly in favour of), I think it'll be pretty hard to get the non-geek masses stirred-up enough to want to become involved.

A lot of non-geeks are of the mind that the 'net is "that "pain-in-the-ass" Facebook thing that the kids are always on", and that's about it.

Suggestion - One possibility could be to focus the campaign of FREE SPEECH in general - *not* just on the net, but in "meatspace" as well. For example, I would say that the ability to criticise certain *religions* has now almost disappeared in Europe (and having the freedom to criticise religion is of course behind the trial of Geert Wilders). Yet, the massive slashing of this freedom of speech has barely raised a whimper. That is very bad news.

If FREE SPEECH - whatever the medium it is expressed in - were enshrined in law in all Western countries, and was **forbidden** to be eroded - this problem would surely not be able to exist. The laws would forbid it.

It should be possible for a few clever people to draw up a campaign using the travails of Wilders as an example of freedom that has been STOLEN from us NOW, and what may very soon await everyone else - on the 'net and off it.

Edited 2011-06-10 07:37 UTC

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l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Agreed, there's not much anyone can do against them if the crowds aren't opposed in large numbers. There's only one thing which these politicians are afraid of more than loss of control, the fear of not getting re-elected.

There should be someone (by that I mean some organization, etc.) doing similar PR as these guys do, and start a preaching campaign for everyday average internet users about how such regulatory power would mean governments intruding into their privacy, from their browsing habits to their facebook chats and their downloads, and making a case about how this would mean total control and censorship - and of course everything should be over-emphasized to catch the masses' attention, just as these fellows do with the "protect the children" speeches and the "if you have nothing to hide" lines.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Let me donate a slogan:

If you have nothing to hide, you have been robbed of your right to privacy!

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