According to UK Prime Minister May, the fight against terrorism requires porn censorship on the Internet

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 by Rick Falkvinge
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A few people have commented on UK Prime Minister Theresa May jumping on the opportunity to argue for “regulating the Internet” after the most recent terror attacks. Fewer have highlighted just what she demands, and how absolutely ridiculous this is on the surface and on every level of analysis depth: In order to fight terrorism properly, she states, Britain must censor pornography on the Internet.

A lot of people have trashed through the sheer incompetence and audacity of trying to “regulate” the Internet by “eliminating safe spaces”, as PM May advocates. On this blog, Glyn Moody has highlighted how it will destroy the British software industry. Caleb Chen writes about a new government-controlled Internet in the UK.

Perhaps most succinctly and thoroughly, the excellent Cory Doctorow has completely torn apart the nonsense of “regulating the internet” over at Boing Boing; he notes that not only wouldn’t it work, but the cost of trying is prohibitive, essentially requiring sending Britain back to steam power days (for today, the electricity grid too is controlled over the Internet).

But there’s one detail which has escaped most scrutiny, and which really shows how obscenely nonsensical this audacity from the UK Prime Minister is. In pushing her “regulation of the Internet” package, and justifying it with “because terrorism”, it becomes important just to see what’s actually in this “regulation of the internet” package.

The Independent had a short note about it, which is very telling:

"The Conservative manifest pledges regulation of the Internet... making it more difficult to obtain pornography."

Yes, you read that right. Take a moment to read it again. In order to fight terrorism, it must be hard to access pornography.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is standing straight and pushing a package that introduces censorship of pornography on the Internet, and is justifying it as absolutely necessary to fight terrorism. She is even doing this with a straight face, apparently serious.

Of course, this doesn’t even go into the fact that the last attack didn’t need the Internet in the first place, or indeed even electricity, as observed on Reddit:

The full Conservative manifesto, which May is referring to and where the “regulation of the Internet” part indeed is summarized by the Independent quote above, can be found over at the Spectator (curiously, no search hits show up on the party’s website).

Privacy remains your own responsibility. As does your sanity, when listening to some of the worst and most ignorant offline-born politicians.

About Rick Falkvinge

Rick is Head of Privacy at Private Internet Access. He is also the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. Additionally, he has a tech entrepreneur background and loves good whisky and fast motorcycles.

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  1. Eterne

    Who cares about porn, it’s gross and you’ve got tor- she’s scrapped libel
    laws (which means the news can lie about people now) and this law she’s
    introducing for the internet will also regulate the NEWS we see and what we see and can post on social media. This sounds familiar…

    “Once they succeeded in ending democracy and turning Germany into a one-party dictatorship, the Nazis orchestrated a massive propaganda campaign to win the loyalty and cooperation of Germans. The Nazi Propaganda Ministry, directed by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, took control of all forms of communication in Germany: newspapers, magazines, books, public meetings, and rallies, art, music, movies, and radio. Viewpoints in any way threatening to Nazi beliefs or to the regime were censored or eliminated from all media.” Hm.

    3 years ago