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Friday, 17 December 2010 12:36

French decide to censor the Internet

Written by Nick Farell
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Decided to build a national firewall
The Glorious French Republic, which was founded on the idea of liberty and chopping off the head of your King and Queen, has decided that it would be a good idea to censor the world wide wibble. Section 4 of the Loppsi bill was adopted and will allow the ,government to filter the Internet using a blacklist issued by the Ministry of Interior.

The list will not get looked at by the courts and could contain any site that the government does not like. While the government has promised that the blacklisted sites will only contain child porn and sites connected to terrorism it is unlikely that governments will be able to resist using it to silence internal descent.

The opposition have been against the Loppsi Bill and are strongly opposed to Internet filtering. However they have to fight against government claims that they are in favour of kiddie porn. Eric Ciotti one of the bills supporters said he does not understand why anyone would be against the law. It should be pointed out that Wikileaks would be one of the sites filtered out.

Of course there is the small problem that internet blacklists when tested overseas have been failures at stopping anyone. All they have managed is stuffing up the internet for those who would not be looking at child porn.

Nick Farell

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+26 #1 Exodite 2010-12-17 12:52
So, one step closer to a new revolution then?
 
 
+11 #2 fuadzilla 2010-12-17 13:06
i think the u.s.(a.sshole) should step into france and aussie and make noise about human rights, transparency, freedom of spits, bla bla bla, like it did china...don't you think?
 
 
+5 #3 aussiebear 2010-12-17 13:47
Well, the US Ambassador has already talked to the Aust Govt about the filter. Their argument was that you don't need a mandatory filter to "protect the children". There are better, more effective ways.

The problem is the idiot who wants to push it through; despite all opposition. His name is Stephen Conroy,
=> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Conroy

The issue is currently in limbo as the current Govt doesn't have the numbers to push this policy through. ie: It ain't going to happen, as Greens, Independents, and Liberals are all against the mandatory policy.

The Liberals want their old policy back: Provide free filtering software for parents to use on a local system level. (This is what Stephen Conroy scrapped when Labor came into power!)
 
 
+14 #4 yourma2000 2010-12-17 13:47
nothing a proxy won't solve
 
 
+15 #5 fuadzilla 2010-12-17 14:01
why is yankshit govt so anxious about wikileaks then? i think they should hail it as a good transparency machinery and award it accordingly... :-? fkin hypocrites... :o
 
 
+21 #6 GhostOfSparta 2010-12-17 14:29
All in the name of "child porn" :-x

I'd like to know: How is the situation in your countries? Here in Germany almost every law regarding censorship passes when you mention "child porn".

The data retention law e.g. is necessary because of child porn. "What, you are against data retention? Are you a paedophile?"
 
 
+14 #7 fuadzilla 2010-12-17 14:54
Quoting GhostOfSparta:
All in the name of "child porn" :-x

I'd like to know: How is the situation in your countries? Here in Germany almost every law regarding censorship passes when you mention "child porn".

The data retention law e.g. is necessary because of child porn. "What, you are against data retention? Are you a paedophile?"

we are against world hegemony!!! who do they think they are???
 
 
+13 #8 Haberlandt 2010-12-17 15:40
Quoting GhostOfSparta:
All in the name of "child porn" :-x



And terrorism.
 
 
-12 #9 roberto.tomas 2010-12-17 16:20
I'm surprised there is such an uproar about national firewalls -- any nation that has any form of censorship, including the USA with its so-called decency laws, basically needs them in order to enforce their laws. If the laws are antiquated, why weren't they removed by public representatives before the firewall issue?

I honestly thought it was a duty of every nation, at the dawn of the internet, to not only protect their laws, their systems of taxation, with internet regulation, but that it was a major national security flaw not to have home-grown equivalents to the index sites like google as well.
 
 
+4 #10 ghelyar 2010-12-17 16:49
The French (and Spanish) already have their own rather isolated pockets of the Internet, because their languages are popular enough for them to stick to themselves.

If you actually look at a geographic map of visitors for English websites (or online games) France and Spain are generally pretty barren.
 

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