UK Report Blames The Internet For Terrorism, Says ISPs Should Take Down Content

from the can't-even-understand-the-role-of-an-isp-then? dept

It appears that technologically clueless, reactionary politicians blaming the internet for terrorism and demanding ways to censor content are not just limited to US Senators named Lieberman. Nope, it appears that some elected officials over in the UK have similarly allergic reactions to the internet. The Home Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament has released this fear mongering report about how the internet is somehow radicalizing the youth into being terrorists, and how ISPs need to pull down content.

All of these reports seem to assume that because some kids used the internet to learn about terrorism, that it's the internet's fault they became terrorists. There's no thought to the idea that these disenfranchised kids were likely to seek out whatever way they could to join a terrorism organization. That would involve actually understanding the root causes of terrorism, though, and it's much, much easier to just point a finger and blame the internet. Of course, since it appears these luddites don't understand the internet at all, it's no surprise that they confused ISPs with hosting companies -- and demanded that the ISPs "take down" content, when the only thing they really could do would be to block content. Hosting companies would be able to remove it. David Meyer, the ZDnet UK reporter who wrote the story linked above, asked a spokesperson for the committee to explain this rather glaring error, and the person "was unable to explain." That should tell you just about everything you need to know about this report, and it should be laughed out of any further discussion should it ever be brought up again.

Filed Under: blame, censorship, isps, terrorism, uk


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    :Lobo Santo (profile), 8 Feb 2012 @ 7:02am

    Re: Re: Blanks Law

    So, Godwin's Law covers Nazi references, what's the one for child porn?

    In any case, I'm going to repeat your statement replacing a couple words:
    Before the internet, it was incredibly hard to communicate around the world. Many researchers would have been isolated, with no way to "hook up" with others that have similar interests.

    The internet makes it so that the single researcher in each town or city can become friends with the other lonely researchers out there, which gives them a sense of community, training in how to enhance their activities, and sources for new (sic)materal - as well as encouragement to go out and do more.

    This is one of those areas where the effects of the internet are clear and very positive.
    FTFY
    Of course, there's lots of things you could put in there for a positive example. I challenge you to come up with 5 legitimate (affects more than 5% of the global populace) negative effects.

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