Thursday, October 06, 2005

Death of the Net

Every totalitarian regime on the planet has been itching to get there fingers on the net, and it looks like they're about to get their way.
Imagine having to go to the U.N. do get a domain name.
Imagine Red China contesting the content of your web page.
Imagine having to pay a tax so that the king of Botswannaville can get his kiddie porn for free.
Well you won't have to imagine for much longer because that day is at hand; let's hope the U.S. creates a new net that the last truly free countries can use. From The Guardian (emphasis mine):
A number of countries represented in Geneva, including Brazil, China, Cuba, Iran and several African states, insisted the US give up control, but it refused. The meeting 'was going nowhere', Hendon says, and so the EU took a bold step and proposed two stark changes: a new forum that would decide public policy, and a 'cooperation model' comprising governments that would be in overall charge.
Screw the EU, UN and all their buddies; can we move our country to a different planet?
Get ready for more of this sort of nonsense:
I live in the UK, where the highly unfortunate Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act has made monitoring of Internet access tricky in cases where you own or administer any telecommunications equipment (such as your local area network). Conversely, it allows any government jack-in-office to monitor Internet activity under a wide range of circumstances, in a way which makes a mockery of privacy and the supposed provisions of the UK's Human Rights Act.
Human rights are never an issue for the zealous bureaucrat or evil dictator! Human rights are only to be applied in how the little people treat those in power and the cronies that support them!

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