UK Wants Even More Online Censorship
The UK government seems to be planning to increase censorship of the worldwide web after its initial attempt failed. Instead of simply giving up on the idea of filtering the Internet, David Cameron wants to censor more and not just delete illegal material but also anything that might offend him.Now James Brokenshire, the Minister for Immigration and Security of the United Kingdom, pushes the idea of increased online filtering, as David Cameron has finally realized his initial attempt failed.Brokenshire has called for the government to do more to deal with "unsavory" content on the Internet. God knows what he means.
Again Brokenshire had to use the excuse of terrorist propaganda as a reason for online filtering. He said that terrorist propaganda on the Internet would have a direct impact on the radicalization of UK citizens and it is therefore very important to remove terrorist-related content hosted in the United Kingdom or overseas.
According to Jaani Riordan, a barrister specializing in technology litigation, the UK government is bringing in censorship, which would breach the European Convention of Human Rights in the terms of freedom of expression. This is why the government prefers to put pressure on private businesses to self-censor. Indeed,the Minister says that the government was considering a kind of a "code of conduct" for ISPs and businesses, along with a potential system whereby search engines and social media platforms actually alter their algorithms to make "unsavory" material appear less often.
Well, so far there was neither clear indication what a new online filter list pushed on ISPs would look like,nor how it will be designed to work.The suggestions were that the government would simply tell the industry what exactly it considers offensive and they will voluntarily have to agree to filter it. In the meantime, the Home Office insists that this suggestion is part of a new effort meant to take down "terrorist" material overseas, where much of it is hosted.