Kettle, again

This is an addendum to my previous post on the subject, and I will simply quote from three different Ars articles from the past three months. The first is on Australia’s Great Firewall and Google’s reaction to the same-

One day after Google announced its decision to stop censoring its search results in China, the Australian government released the results of a public consultation on its own Internet censorship proposal. Predictably, Google has some objections … including its oblique comment that Australia’s mandatory filtering scheme could “confer legitimacy upon filtering by other Governments.”

“Australia is rightly regarded as a liberal democracy that balances individual liberty with social responsibility,” continues the Google filing. “The Governments of many other countries may justify, by reference to Australia, their use of filtering, their lack of disclosure about what is being filtered, and their political direction of agencies administering filtering.”

Google is unlikely to come right out and compare Australia to China, but the implication is obvious—and has been made explicit by other groups. Reporters Without Borders said recently that Australia would “be joining an Internet censors’ club that includes such countries as China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.”

The second relates to the company handing over the data to some of the countries. The article’s conclusion-

It’s likely that, once government regulators begin digging in, the most interesting thing they’ll find is just how mundane most of our lives really are. Still, the fact that it’s out there in the hands of Google—and now certain governments—is unsettling for many Internet users. We have no doubt that there will be more uproar over this issue in the months to come, especially if someone comes forward about exactly what kind of personal tidbits were found in Google’s archives.

And the most outrageous of them all is the EU’s plan to monitor and record all internet searches in order to “protect the children.”-

The European Parliament’s website urging its members to sign Declaration 29 seems well-meaning enough, with a frightened-looking child and a plea to end sexual harassment, child porn, and pedophilia. However, privacy advocates are concerned over a semi-hidden rider on the declaration that allows EU member states to retain data from search engines, essentially eliminating any privacy EU citizens previously had when surfing the Web.


[P]arliament member, Cecilia Wikström, wrote an open letter to her fellow parliament members saying that she made a mistake in signing the declaration. “The Written Declaration is supposed to be about an early-warning system for the protection of children. Long-term storage of citizens’ data has clearly nothing to do with ‘early warning’ for any purpose,” Wikström wrote. “[I]t seems very likely that MEPs signed the Written Declaration unaware of this aspect of the text, just like I did… The declaration is likely to get all the signature[s] it needs and therefore I urge those of you who may have signed it by mistake to withdraw your signature.”

Love the comments-

Child porn. The universal excuse for Big Brother fascism.

We would almost be better off to legalize the filth, than suffer the much broader reaching consequences of having its emotional impact used to undercut all sane policy.


The constitution is on hold for those evil child molesters and terrorists. And if you don’t support these laws you must be one so you need to be watched. /s unfortunately there is no shortage of people that beleve freedom is dangerous and normal people should not have it.

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