21st Century Wire
Never let a good crisis go to waste…
So David Cameron’s government has finally laid his cards on the table.
Getting the press and the public to comply with the draconian Leveson Star Chamber’s clampdown on freedom of expression and information was a hard sell, to say the least.
Leveson’s secret closed door agreement to require UK bloggers to sign up to a “Royal Charter” in order to post on independent websites revealed Leveson’s long game. The public would never buy it. So now on to plan B…
The latest outcry over pornographic images on the internet has provided the pretext for the state to step in and set-up their infrastructure for regulating the UK’s internet Chinese-style. Once the system is in place, you can expect that the government will not be able to resist extending their filtering from porn to blocking dissenting and alternative analysis that exposes the government for being either incompetent, criminal, or corrupt.
Don’t be naive. Chinese-style government firewalls designed to block child porn or pedophilia will never stop the sex industry, but it will most certainly (under this Tory government anyway) block thousands of damning articles on the same subject – which implicate members of the government and the establishment for participating in child sex abuse. We can only expect that such a corrupt government would eventually use its newly obtained ‘legal’ state censorship powers to also shut out any dissent against government policy and corruption.
The pornography filtering system praised by David Cameron will be run by the Chinese firm, Huawei. They should know a thing or two about how to keep citizens from accessing information the government doesn’t want people to see.
Huawei’s penetration into the UK’s telecommunications industry and networks is already significant…
The UK government’s own reports on this subject raise more concerns and questions than answers. See this June 2013 report entitled, Foreign involvement in the Critical National Infrastructure and The Implications for National Security, found here:
The UK’s latest fabricated, and highly reactive crisis is set to give up way too much power to this Chinese company. Australians rejected Huawei’s involvement to provide infrastructure for the National Broadband Network because nobody could prove that the Chinese DID NOT have a root back door access to all the fibre connected via their hardware.
As a result of the Snowden leaks, we now know more about the full scope of the UK Government’s GCHQ spying and data harvesting operations. But what does it mean if the Chinese are also doing it inside the UK – by stealth?
It’s one thing to give up your privacy to the UK government – who could at least be held accountable at some stage of their Orwellian game, but it’s another thing to give it up to the Chinese for absolutely no good reason.
We don’t need China’s Censorship technology. The only people who want it are radical social engineers, control freaks in power, along with perennial criminals in government and in the establishment, who wish to conceal their crimes and associations in future.
Here’s the latest MSM report by the BBC on this subject…
Chinese firm Huawei controls net filter praised by PM
The pornography filtering system praised by David Cameron is controlled by the controversial Chinese company Huawei, the BBC has learned.
UK-based employees at the firm are able to decide which sites TalkTalk’s ‘net filtering’ service blocks.
Politicians in both the UK and US have raised concerns about alleged close ties between Huawei and the Chinese government.
The company says the worries are without foundation and prejudiced.
On Monday the Prime Minister said TalkTalk had shown “great leadership” in setting up its system, Homesafe, which it has offered to customers since 2011.
TalkTalk told the BBC it was comfortable with its relationship with Huawei, and that the service was very popular.
Homesafe is a voluntary scheme which allows subscribers to select categories – including social media, gambling and pornography – that they want blocked.
Customers who do not want filtering still have their traffic routed through the system, but matches to Huawei’s database are dismissed rather than acted upon.
Mr Cameron has demanded similar measures be adopted by all internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK, to “protect our children and their innocence”.
He said ISPs would be monitored to ensure filtering was done correctly, but that they should choose their own preferred solution.
However, one expert insisted that private companies should not hold power over blacklists, and that the responsibility should lie with an independent group.
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