US Government Recognized Only Its Own Web FiltersAdded: Monday, April 18th, 2011
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The annual human rights report of the US State Department warned of foreign governments extending repressive legislation online. Ironically enough, a coalition of Congressmen are at the same time pushing for draconian new Internet filtering law in the US.
The annual report on human rights reveals what in particular is wrong with the controversial COICA legislation. Although the report was supposed to emphasize rights violations in foreign countries, it instead highlighted violations in the United States. The State Department warned of foreign governments increasingly cutting access to the websites under the legislation designed to repress speech and violate on the personal privacy.
One of the examples mentioned in the report was Saudi Arabia, which has taken Internet filtering to the next level by providing average citizens with an authority to submit the names of objectionable websites for consideration. The country’s responsible authority is claimed to be monitoring e-mail and Internet chat rooms to block access to websites violating the Sharia and national regulations. Besides, the authority accepts requests from average citizens to both block and unblock websites, which total to around 1,800 requests every day, and have so far resulted in blocking over 400,000 websites.
In fact, the same kind of legislation is currently mulled in the United States – the COICA legislation is meant to address the problem of the so-called “rogue websites”. This double-standard made the industry observers warn back last year that it could set a precedent that other countries can also seize domain names under the same excuse.
Another country mentioned in the report was Turkey, which also employed Internet filtering mechanisms. In Turkey, it is against the law to insult both the Turkish nation and its founder, so any site containing such kind of material is blocked. The well-known precedent was blockage of YouTube after for 2 years due to the insulting video uploaded to the site. Another egregious example is ban of the Playboy magazine’s website, which Turkey made without a court order.
That would sound familiar to the US citizens, learning about ICE seizing a hundred sites without court orders. And at the same time, the government publishes a report criticizing other countries for doing exactly the same!
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Monday, April 18th, 2011
|God damn it! The picture say it all!|
|the law that you cannot insult turkey or the founder musthpa the jew kamel is because he is a jew and turkey is under control of the zionists still|
|lol, turkey needs to wake up to reality and the internet show be open to all, its just information sharing|
|whats next turkey????.....R u gonna block all websites with Blonde or big Titted women?....oh wait u blocked Playboys website so i guess u r ahead of the curb ;> ....... thanx for the articles as always|
|posted by (2011-04-19 09:30:14)|
|so how do we stop this law from taking effect in the U.S.A ????|
|You can't stop it from taking effect in the US. The USA government will do as they please when they wish. They preach about being land of the free and equal rights to all, but that's just a smoke screen to hide how hypocritical politicians really are. Oh crap! I'm going to get reported and my IP tracked by the feds then have FBI busting down my door within an hour of posting this comment!|
|hahah >> i live in Saudi Arabia ..and I can't begin to describe how we R suffering from Theas LAWs !! even ET is BLOCKED !!|
and for mista trialNerror! ) )
god be with u .. its sucks either way
thanks 4 the article
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