EU Parliament Warns The US To Stop Censoring The Internet

from the don't-censor-the-internet dept

What a world we live in... when foreign countries are speaking out publicly against American censorship. For a country whose identity has been built around its strong support of the First Amendment and free speech rights, to reach the level where others are condemning our own failings on free speech is really sad. The EU Parliament has adopted, "by a large majority," a statement warning the US to refrain "from unilateral measures to revoke IP addresses or domain names" due to the "need to protect the integrity of the global internet and freedom of communications." This resolution highlights both the practices prescribed in SOPA/PIPA... but also the actions of Homeland Security and ICE in seizing domain names. At what point is the federal government going to realize that these practices are completely undermining any claim the US has to a moral high ground against internet censorship elsewhere?

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    Gwiz (profile), 17 Nov 2011 @ 11:34am

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    The EU is famous for creating such strict privacy policies that it is almost impossible to operate a website within their rules.

    Many EU countries are safe havens for pirate sites, and permit many things which are not legally acceptable in the US.

    Ummm...which is it? If it's damn near impossible to run a website in the EU, than how are there so many of these so called pirate sites?

    The UK, Denmark, Germany, and many others actively pursue blocking of websites.

    Basically your saying that since three other countries that do not hold the Constitution as the highest law in the land do it, so we should too. Sad.

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