"any excuse that they can find to silence their critics and that those governments have responded to the rise of the internet by stepping up their own efforts to control what people read, see, write, and say"
It occurs to me, with Nanotechnology only 8-15 years off, after all the legal maneuvering and appeals, that any legislation that is enacted, will be a moot point by the time it is finalized and implemented.
I wouldn't worry about this to much. A system like this is going to be abused, by politicians, their friends, and families. Even if it isn't, the rumors that it is being abused, are more than enough to cause it's failure.
you are filming a police officer from 30 feet out. The police officer walks towards you. You back away. The police officer draws his gun and tells you to stop backing away. You tell him you have to stay at least 25 feet away from him to film him. you get shot.
What the fuck is wrong with you and why do you have such a hard-on for Google?
It is the same method that they use increase the length of copyright. Expansion of influence via normalization, in one case its "they have a longer length of copyright, you should also", in the case of Google, they get the biggest player on the block to bow to them, and then go after the smaller search engines saying "they are doing this, you should also".
If you are in the business of keeping a country safe, you do not torture people. You torture people if you want job security, as that is the simplest way to turn people against you and turn them into threats ....