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Government control of the Internet?

What happened in London last night was awful in the extreme, and I feel very sorry for what happened, however what really worried me out of all of it is the cost tag there is going to be in loss of freedom on the Internet. Governments have always been salivating for trying to clamp on freedom and privacy of speech on the Internet, and what has just happened seems to be a good enough reason for the UK to consider measures for clamping down on Internet corporations for providing access to media accounts. When Prime Minister May did a press conference she made a direct reference to this.

I wonder if it is really going to solve the problem, as wouldn't it be easy for the terrorists who have become more and more sophisticated, to just start their own networks? Is it really that easy for Governments to control the Internet?

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If the government really going to have control over the internet, meaning goodbye privacy, welcome hackers lol. This is not a good idea considering mostly all transactions made by people are all in internet, banking, purchasing, etc.. Unless they want it like North Korea which has their own network and citizens cannot connect from the outside network connections. Meaning goodbye youtube, frihost, and netflix lol.
jestoy0514 on Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:38 pm
You would think government would want the internet open and therefore easy to monitor verses terror setting up on the 'dark' web.
standready on Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:28 pm
This is the problem when computer illiterate people run the country. they want to disable encryption for starters which is a terrible idea people would be getting their accounts hacked all over the place everyone would be bankrupt in a few years.

I mean these would be UK rules, most of the countries websites are stil hosted in europe/ USA because its cheaper i don't know how they intend to control hosting companies outside of the UK.

yet another conservative short sighted argument.
andy26 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:48 pm
I think Europe is also coming with as many laws as it can and will probably also follow what the UK does. USA is probably already tightly controlled by the FBI.
deanhills on Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:44 pm
It seems the major issue here is restricting promotion of anti-social activities, including various definitions of terrorism. Much of the material to be disallowed is already considered hate speech or beyond, and is already prohibited in principle by most web services. Check the Frihost TOS: we already prohibit the more unpleasant topics, even going beyond and including pornography in the list, which need not be targeted for public safety.

The primary problem is enforcing the ban, which is not easy. Probably there will be overstepping of boundaries, and governments will erroneously censor a lot of material which ruling classes do not like, but which is not dangerous. Perhaps a smarter approach for the governments is to write robotic scripts themselves to look for dangeerous materials, and when they find some, work with the web sites to help them find and eliminate such material.

There is sure to be overkill in what material is targeted. Perhaps it is a small price to have some excessive censorship, provided the clear goal of removing only dangerous material is well publicized, and examples of seriously excessive control are publicly discussed and improvements made in the scripts to identify only dangerous material.
SonLight on Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:07 am
USA is probably already tightly controlled by the FBI.

I don't think the FBI controls but rather they (and NSA) monitor.
standready on Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:07 pm
I don't think the FBI controls but rather they (and NSA) monitor.

Guess that's better said but isn't the end result the same? Those who get monitored instantly lose a lot of their freedom without even being aware they are.
deanhills on Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:02 am
The governments are already trying to control the internet indeed, but I don't think they are going to succeed, too many people against.
restonpiston on Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:05 pm

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