Surprises

by Mike Masnick




Spanish Cyber-Rights Activists Log A Win

from the good-for-them dept

It seems that the latest in a long line of silly anti-internet laws was a plan in Madrid to classify all cybercafes as casinos, meaning that children couldn't enter them and they would face much stricter zoning rules. A group of Spanish cyber-activists started to put together a protest. They've protested bad internet laws in the past with little to no effect, and didn't expect to do much this time either - but they were wrong. It seems that their activities convinced the politician who introduced the bill to back down. The group was so shocked they didn't have a response when a reporter called them to find out how they felt about being victorious.

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    dorpus, 27 Nov 2002 @ 12:19am

    Temporary Victory

    Internet Cafes are too tempting a target for organized crime. In countries where they are popular, they hold immense social power over young people. They offer anonymous methods for communication. It's just a matter of time before internet cafes become the hub for drug trafficking or child prostitution rings.

    If Internet Cafes are to be viable, they will probably need security comparable to Las Vegas casinos, with armies of security guards and ceiling cams covering every keystroke. Agents from the CMT (Comision del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones) will have plainclothes officers in every cafe.

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