Just trust the state to do the thinking for us

by nboydgibbins

“We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the U.K. may constitute an offence under terrorism legislation.”

This is part of a statement from London’s Metropolitan Police in response to the apparent beheading of James Foley by a seemingly British Islamic State militant. It is positions like this, wilfully playing on what people fear, that ‘democratic’ states use to promote the idea of internet censorship. Aaron Swartz became a martyr for internet freedom and unrestricted networks of communication are our greatest asset in trying to undermine the deliberate distraction of our governments.

It is no coincidence that states around the world continually try to control that communication. They can sense that an ability to see and spread the truth freely is dangerous to the systems of control they have established. The notion of letting people with such a glaring track record of corruption decide what is legal for their citizens to see, the notion that we should leave them to analyse the truth and report back to us what they deem fit, is despairingly incompatible with the social progress we need to stop them from continuing to abuse the positions they hold.

(https://www.goldenfrog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/infographic_blog1.png) – Internet censorship around the world.

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