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Friday, April 09, 2010

Aqua Et Igni Interdictus

This will have to be a short blog, as I had to do my taxes last night and had a concert rehearsal this evening, so there was no time for writing.

A writer in the U.K. has been keeping tabs on the worldwide censorship of the Internet. The House of Commons passed the “Digital Economy Bill” in the middle of the night, giving the government power to restrict and filter any website that is deemed to be undesirable for public consumption.

The bill has to go back to the House of Lords for final approval, where it’s expected to pass.

The author cites examples from other parts of the world, including the United States where freedom of speech is expected to meet its doom.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/death-of-the-internet-unprecedented-censorship-bill-passes-in-uk.html

Here in the U.S., the author says, Congress and the FCC are contemplating something called Internet.2, with rights severely pared down for content providers.

We may have to return to World War II-era ham radios, at this rate.

Once we’ve lost our freedom of speech, all we’ll have left is ultima ratio regum.

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