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UK PMs Internet Censorship Insinuation Receives Praise from China

UK PMs Internet Censorship Insinuation Receives Praise from China

You know your internet censorship plans are too strict when China praises you for it.

I’ll say this right off the bat, if someone told me one month ago that I would end up writing a headline like that, I would have told them they were insane. I am simply stunned that it has come to this.

Last Thursday, British Prime Minister said that he wanted to “stop people from communicating on social media” whenever that person is using it to instigate violence. A growing majority of observers are interpret this as meaning that he wants to block social media websites altogether whenever civil unrest is suspected.

Blocking social media has certainly caused some debate in many places – especially in the UK. The discussions around possibly censoring the internet has received international attention. This includes China. Chinese state media website Global Times weighed in on the debate suggesting that “Western” countries are coming to realize that free speech cannot go unhindered on the internet. From the report:

The British Government’s wariness of the Internet and Blackberry Messenger — symbols of freedom of speech — is a forced reaction, which might upset the Western world. Meanwhile, the open discussion of containment of the Internet in Britain has given rise to a new opportunity for the whole world. Media in the US and Britain used to criticize developing countries for curbing freedom of speech. Britain’s new attitude will help appease the quarrels between East and West over the future management of the Internet.

As for China, advocates of an unlimited development of the Internet should think twice about their original ideas.

On the Internet, there is no lack of posts and articles that incite public violence. They will cause tremendous damage once they are tweeted without control. At that time, all governments will have no other choice but to close down these websites and arrest those agitators.

Turbulence must lead to self-examination, otherwise it’ll lead to great peril in one’s destiny.

If you think that David Cameron is trying to censor the internet and that there is no difference between his policy and China’s policy, then this will no doubt pretty much cement that opinion. If you think that David Cameron should be censoring the internet, I think, for some, this revelation will make your position a little more uncomfortable.

I think that David Cameron should think very carefully how he plans on going forward on his plans to prevent rioting. On the one hand, the move to crack down on rioters will receive little resistance. On the other hand, trying to control the internet in any way is an extremely slippery slope with respect to free speech.

[Via BoingBoing]

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Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson is perhaps one of the more well-known file-sharing and technology news writers around. A journalist in the field since 2005, his work has had semi-regular appearances on social news websites and even occasional appearances on major news outlets as well. Drew founded freezenet.ca and still contributes to ZeroPaid. Twitter | Google Plus
EL
EL

Does this mean the PM would want to block my Facebook account if I said he should be hauled out to the alley behind Number 10 Downing Street and be flogged for being such an idiot?

PostAbove
PostAbove

The first post here is from a user calling himself...Go Nuts Kill Everybody (GONUTSKILLEVERYBODY). Look above in the comments.But his post get's left here in the comments section, but the two "profound" (non swearing) comments I just left IMMEDIATELY got deleted. Must be a woman running this site and checking comments and doesn't have the BRAIN cells to be able to know what GONUTSKILLEVERYBODY user name (above) means. LOL!!! These stupid site that try to promote Nazi Authoritarian rule in the comments section does nothing but tick people off... bye bye. Only came here because "Slashdot" had a link to you. Hey, EVEN Slashdot is now allowing users (in their comments second) to swear with impunity and say pretty much whatever they want - as long as they don't go TOO over the top.You're comment section is a joke!!! :-) Bye...

Shep
Shep

Wow, I don't believe it!!! The zeropaid "comments admin" immediately removed my post because "he didn't like it". I didn't swear or anything, just stating my personal opinion and not to over the top.No wonder why there are so few comments here and none of the comments are really that "profound".People should be able to say what they want to say. Won't read "ZeroPaid's" site again LOL

I must agree
I must agree

The UK is (unfortunately) a little further ahead of the US at the moment as far as being a Police State, with cameras (with audio) on most London street corners, and to my complete amazement (leaned by me after the recent UK riots) over 16,000 police officers in London ALONE (not to mention all the other cities police forces).But not to worry... America is quickly catching up. A few months after Obama took office he hired thousands of new police officers, and then there's always the US....Border Patrol Agents Homeland Security Agents FBI Agents ATF Agents (alcohol tobacco and firearms) CIA Agents NSA Agents Our HUGE military All the secret Ops agentsAnd the list goes on and on...America's founding fathers missed ONE Constitutional Amendment. After, "You have the right to bear arms", the next one should have read something like, "No government agency shall tax or create new taxes on Americans without a 3/4 majority of the American PEOPLE".i.e. How are the UK and USA becoming Police States? By taxing the PEOPLE to death and thereby amassing OUR money to do whatever they want to with.

cartman
cartman

"A growing majority of observers are interpret this"lulzy

goost
goost

Grammar check: Failed.

Colin
Colin

The Social Media are in no way guilty to the riots. Censoring them will not fix annything, the reason there are riots is because people are sick of having no shot at life.To fix the riots is to fix the social problems every country has in these financial dire times. If the UK would have done the same as Germany and the Netherlands, there wouldn't have been any riots. But they have not and thats the legacy of labour.I'm just getting sick of the patching up. FIX this mess by comming with solutions instead of censoring.Whilst this article may say different censorship=censorship there is no middle way, for who is to say what is allowed and what not?

foobar
foobar

Can we have a grammar check on this article, please?

Matt
Matt

The riots were the perfect excuse for this blatant abuse of authority and rampant rights violations. It kind of reminds me of 911 bringing about the PATRIOT act in the U.S. The UK and US are swiftly moving towards becoming Police States.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

I always get a kick out of the irony of people coming here for the first time and saying how all their comments are being censored, have their comments approved and them leaving again.

Colin
Colin

social problems can be solved other way than causing a riot and looting, first those lazy blokes should be educated, then get a job and in such way solve their social problems... but looting and burning other peoples' property is easier indeed

Jamie
Jamie

I think you will find that the foreign secretary has said that the Tories will never introduce Internet censorship as that would stop freedom

AB
AB

What's a little shocking is that the uproar over how BART handled protests in San Francisco- by cutting off all mobile communication for 3 hours, happened within a few days of this nightmare. It makes you wonder whether the government will react to the outrage caused by censorship, or continue to cut off avenues of communication...http://ct.necs.la/rwsmle (talks about law enforcement and social media)

Jamie
Jamie

Yeah except that William Hague said that the Tories will never censor the Internet, im not sure labour would agree with that

hardar
hardar

because people with degrees aren't currently having to flip burgers in this shithole of a country...



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