Christian Engström, Pirat

5 oktober 2010

Liberals oppose Cecilia Malmström’s censorship plans

Filed under: Censilia,English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 13:50

Liberals oppose EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström's plans to introduce censorship of the Internet

The European Liberal Youth group has launched a campaign against web site blocking. They write:

Recently, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström published proposals for a directive to block access to websites that show images of child abuse. While the fight against this cruel and loathsome crime deserves the support of every righteous individual, this recent initiative of is deeply worrying. The approach of blocking websites is counterproductive and outright dangerous.

Blocking access to these websites does not make them go away. They are still on the internet and can be accessed by anybody capable of circumventing the filters. And since circumventing the filters is as easy as entering a new DNS server in your computer, it can be done in 10-15 seconds.

The proposal of the European Commission requires the instalment of a censorship infrastructure. Experience tells us that such infrastructure can easily be misused and that it-once in place- will whet politicians’ appetite to extend it on other areas such as copyright violations, hate speech, and many more.

Even without misuse, the mechanisms employed to censor access and the technical infrastructure of the internet make it quite probable that when blocking some websites which you want to target, you also block numerous others, which are located with the same webhoster. This is what is called overblocking and which certainly is not desirable.

Blocking websites is too easy an answer to a difficult problem and not an ambitious policy goal which really would benefit the victims or prevent further crimes. Instead of easy populist answers, the policy must be to remove pictures of child abuse from the Internet and to investigate the perpetrators. Priority must go to hunt the culprits down through international cooperation of law enforcement agencies.

Sexual abuse of children is one of the few crimes that is outlawed on a global scale. Experience from leaked blocking lists indicates that most websites in question are located in the USA and Western Europe. Taking them down and getting information on who uploaded them is not black magic, but rather should be the standard.

Unlawful content should be deleted, not simply hidden by creating censorship infrastructure! Perpetrators should be investigated and jailed, not providing with shopping lists in form of leaked blacklists.

Instead of employing a useless but dangerous tool, we have to make sure that European law enforcement agencies finally start cooperating in fighting these awful crimes.

I just signed the petition urging Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to withdraw the censorship proposal, and I encourage everybody else to sign it as well.

Censorship of the Internet is not the right way forward for Europe.


Previous articles on Cecilia Malmström’s plans to introduce Internet censorship.

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14 kommentarer

  1. Mycket bra initiativ. Det är den här typen av aktioner man vill att PP skall ägna sig åt! Mindre av gratis musik – mer av integritet.

    Kommentar av Sven-Erland — 5 oktober 2010 @ 13:57

  2. […] full post on Christian Engström, Pirate MEP This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Cecilia, censorship, Liberals, Malmström’s, […]

    Pingback av Liberals oppose Cecilia Malmström’s censorship plans | Piratkopiering — 5 oktober 2010 @ 14:44

  3. Klockren slogan på bilden – ”Crimes should be punished and not hidden.”


    Kommentar av Markus "LAKE" Berglund — 5 oktober 2010 @ 16:12

  4. ”While the fight against this cruel and loathsome crime deserves the support of every righteous individual”

    Smacks of the pulpit ;p

    visst jag kommer skriva på, men det låter på (press?)meddelandet att man översatt det här från typ tyska eller franska oO

    Kommentar av manen — 5 oktober 2010 @ 17:06

  5. Cecilia kommer också ta tillfället i akt och skrämma upp besökarna Internetdagarna:

    Kommentar av Kurt — 5 oktober 2010 @ 23:32

  6. Signed.

    Kommentar av Scary Devil Monastery — 5 oktober 2010 @ 23:55

  7. @Sven-erland

    Det ena ger då tyvärr direkt möjlighet åt det andra. Har vi integritet kan vi kommunicera. Kan vi kommunicera fritt medför det att många fildelar, och vissa ägnar sig åt långt värre.

    – ”he who defends the freedom of speech – and i do – will always find himself defending the indifensible as a result”.
    Neil Gaiman

    Eller som en mer lärd person uttryckte det:
    ”Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
    Albert Einstein

    Kommentar av Scary Devil Monastery — 6 oktober 2010 @ 0:03

  8. Signed.

    Kommentar av Daniel Flöijer — 6 oktober 2010 @ 10:37

  9. Signed.

    Kommentar av Henke — 6 oktober 2010 @ 22:22

  10. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Deletion IS censorship. In fact, it’s even worse than blocking, because you can’t go around it.

    Please don’t act as if you’re against censorship, when you just want another version of it.

    Kommentar av Fredrik — 7 oktober 2010 @ 11:51

  11. Fredrik: You don’t make any sense. Deletion is NOT censorship. Deletion is TERMINATION. Censorship is to hide information from some but leave it open to others and it’s unfair too all parties involved. In this case censorship is used to avoid having to deal with the real issues associated with child abuse. Possibly it is even used as a cover up in order to drive another agenda where certain risk takers, mostly located in the US, secure their holdings until they can find a way to switch to new market (effectively leaving their supporters in the dust naturally; what do you expect?).

    Kommentar av Kristofer Pettersson — 14 oktober 2010 @ 17:47

  12. […] att lägga ansvar på Internetleverantören för vad användaren gör. Fast det är just vad Cecilia Malmström vill införa. Jag hävdar att nationella filter möjliggör fler brott, till exempel faktiska […]

    Pingback av Datalagringsdirektivet #dld versus Polisutredningen « Emil Isberg — 27 oktober 2010 @ 16:21

  13. […] att lägga ansvar på Internetleverantören för vad användaren gör. Fast det är just vad Cecilia Malmström vill införa. Jag hävdar att nationella filter möjliggör fler brott, till exempel faktiska […]

    Pingback av Yttrandefrihet kontra censur « Emil Isberg — 6 december 2010 @ 12:38

  14. […] especially when we consider all these resident-evil projects, like INDECT, ACTA, and other censorship implying plans, the EU is currently working […]

    Pingback av Hungary – An uprising dictatorship will take over Presidency of the EU Council 2011 | Twitgeridoo! — 23 december 2010 @ 20:50

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