UK Government confirms site blocking discussions, end of internet freedom

The western world takes Internet freedom for granted and expects to be able to access any website from anywhere, of course countries such as China are known for having state-controlled firewalls, but it now seems like this may be a possibility in the United Kingdom. The Open Rights Group has received a letter from UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, confirming that discussions are presently being held between Internet Service Providers (ISP's) and media industry rights holders about the 'self-regulatory' site-blocking measures for the Digital Economy Act (DEA) which was introduced in 2010.

Vaizey mentions in his letter that consumer rights groups will be invited, "I recognise that it is very important that consumer interests are considered very carefully, and we will be inviting consumer representative groups to participate in future discussions on the issue."

Currently the Act is delayed until 2012 but if this new notion gets made law then popular websites like ThePirateBay will no longer be accessible from within the UK border. One of the industry rights holders has previously said that "cheaper than notice sending would be site blocking. We're more interested in site blocking [than mass notification letters]. We don't want to target end users, [the mass notification system] is long winded – we want something now."

Fortunately ISP's have no control over content which does not explicitly exist on their own networks, instead they would have to rely on various tricks in order to fulfill the restriction, however most of these are easily bypassed using proxy services, vps accounts and other methods.

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cleverclogs said,
April First.

Yes it's April Fools. Unfortunately that doesn't make every piece of news you'll read today a complete fake.

This country is just going to keep on getting worse. The economy is failing and the majority are dictated by fear. Will get worse before anything changes.

I hear that there is a movement in England to replace British Law with Shari'a Law. Seems to be succeeding.

Foub said,
I hear that there is a movement in England to replace British Law with Shari'a Law. Seems to be succeeding.

Heard wrong.

TheReasonIFailed said,
Only in Ameri...oh wait...
America is probably going to be the last country in the world to do this. My home country (Australia) is already trying to do this (haven't heard much about it recently, anyone know if it's dead in the water or still going through?) and now the UK is trying to do it, a sign of things to come sadly.

Any facist/capitalist countries will be moving toward a Police state.

Just read up a book called "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.

MrRoberts said,
Any facist/capitalist countries will be moving toward a Police state.

Just read up a book called "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.

Wait, capitalist countries? Did you actually READ Animal Farm?

Vlad said,

Wait, capitalist countries? Did you actually READ Animal Farm?

Yes. George Orwell is a REVISIONIST. A Communist who tries to rewrite Marxism to justify a retreat from the revolutionary position.

Like China right now isn't a Communist government. China is hiding behind the red flag, but the government itself is a revisionist.

READ AGAIN.

North Korea and China are blocking content, because they dont want their people's minds to be influenced by the West, as many Western things are really retarded, no offence, but most of which come from USA, North Korea is going way over the top by forbidding people to even have mobile phones, but thats it... at least their people dont watch Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and the other bull***t

allwynd said,
... at least their people dont watch Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and the other bull***t

Yes, it's obviously better their people die of famine. Who wouldn't choose death for their children rather than Justin Bieber?

Vlad said,

Yes, it's obviously better their people die of famine. Who wouldn't choose death for their children rather than Justin Bieber?

how am i supposed to understand that? that if they listen to Justin Bieber, they will live better lives, they will feed themselves with the "art" of Demi Lovato and the other kids that so easily conquered the stage, and how that happened, its beyond me

Vlad said,

Yes, it's obviously better their people die of famine. Who wouldn't choose death for their children rather than Justin Bieber?

how am i supposed to understand that? that if they listen to Justin Bieber, they will live better lives, they will feed themselves with the "art" of Demi Lovato and the other kids that so easily conquered the stage, and how that happened, its beyond me

allwynd said,

how am i supposed to understand that? that if they listen to Justin Bieber, they will live better lives, they will feed themselves with the "art" of Demi Lovato and the other kids that so easily conquered the stage, and how that happened, its beyond me

No, and how did you miss his point that badly? You're going on and on about such silly things as Lady Gaga when people there are literally starving to death under an oppressive dictatorship. Do you really think blocking Lady Gaga is the most important thing to worry about? Also if you think the censorship there is to protect their people from western culture you are deluded; it's about controlling their people. Why do you think they cut off the internet whenever a rebellion arises? I'll give you a hint; it's not to block out access to popular western music.

For the record most of us think Lady Gaga is stupid too but we have the FREEDOM to not listen to her. No one is holding a gun to our heads (literally) telling us how to think and act and what we have to listen to and what we must not. In short your defense of places like North Korea is completely absurd. Don't belittle the atrocities there by talking about Justin Bieber.

Edited by Rigby, Apr 1 2011, 6:27pm :

Utterly pathetic. I think it says a lot about how **** this country is getting that a lot of people thought this was an april fools joke.

This is where I would hereby applaud any hackers that destroy the entire blocking system or reverse it's use to actually block sites such as the BPI, AFACT, etc.

Government was never intended for this garbage, we do NOT pay these ******* for crap like this.

Next thing you know they will tell me what kind of light bulbs i am allowed to have lol

Im not paying taxs to a government that is suppose to SERVE me.

Let them do as they wish.. a backlash will come and they will be dealt with one way or the other..
smug cocky pos lol

I am Not PCyr said,
Government was never intended for this garbage, we do NOT pay these ******* for crap like this.

Next thing you know they will tell me what kind of light bulbs i am allowed to have lol

Im not paying taxs to a government that is suppose to SERVE me.

Let them do as they wish.. a backlash will come and they will be dealt with one way or the other..
smug cocky pos lol

europe has banned halogen bulbs, so in a way, they've already decided which ones you'll be using.

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