UK Government Approves Net Censorship – British Free Speech Dies

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    The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to move ahead with large-scale censorship of the internet, effectively creating regulation that will limit freedom on the last frontier of digital liberty.

    In a move that has the nation reeling, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled rules that will punish internet companies with fines, and even imprisonment, if they fail to protect users from “harmful and illegal content.”

    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

    The new guardian of the internet will be the Office of Communications (known as Ofcom), a government-approved body that already regulates television, radio, broadcasting, and even the postal service. This group has been accused on many occasions of “acting as the moral arbiter” for the nation, and perhaps unsurprisingly, tends towards a very left-leaning position.
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    This is a very sorry state of affairs. While many of us thought the end of communism came with the fall of the USSR, reality is quite the opposite.

    Britain is in its death throes, sad to say. What a fall from grace.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/uk-government-approves-net-censorship-british-free-speech-dies
     
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    The Rules
    Among the sweeping and censorious powers awarded to Ofcom are:
    • The ability to create guidelines that instruct content-hosting companies (YouTube, Facebook, etc.) on how to manage online censorship of “user-generated content.”

    • Create rules for content that is “not illegal but has the potential to cause harm.”

    • To have the remit for deciding, writing up, and adapting rules on how internet regulation works.
     
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    I remember when censorship ruled the day in Britain from history classes as a kid. The artists from that time were the dissenters, portraying politically censored ideas in art form, so it was concealed, but carried forth truth when the powers that be were intent on suppressing it.
     
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    One ultimate effect was the exodus of dissenters that went to America. At least back in those days you could run away to a sparsely populated area. Not now.
     
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    Looks like the crooked toothed scone goblins in the British Parliament finally have their Orwell moment.
     
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    The English public will cop it sweet.....

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    Ofcom sounds like a politely British way of saying Offwithyourhead.com
     
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    This tawdry episode is reminiscent of Cameron's pleas for internet censorship to "stop paedophiles"

    He even cried when Britain voted to leave the EU
     
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    This is the authoritarian state that is murdering Assange. And to think he thought that British common law was the safest option.
     
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