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Internet censorship

Published: Saturday 2006-12-09.

Recently it was reported that the US music mafia is trying to get Russia to close down AllOfMp3, in an attempt to get rid of competition in a market they want to have a monopoly on. We will have to see how that works out. Now it seems that perhaps they don’t need to get it closed down, since it instead is being censored by Internet providers. Is that where we want to go, do we want Internet providers that censor parts of the Internet that different organisations dislike? What will then happen with the idea about freedom of information?

It started with child porn pages being blocked centrally, which in itself can be a good idea, but the question is where it will end? China is censoring “incorrect” information, such as pertaining the Tiananmen Square massacre or the Dalai Lama and Tibet. Now Swedish Internet providers are starting to censor Russian pages, what will come tomorrow?

Yet again are we reminded of Martin Niemöller’s poem:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I did not speak out;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

This entry is referenced in: The censorship war escalates.

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