Christian Engström, Pirat

13 februari 2013

Child Safety Online – Christian Engström, Pirate MEP

Filed under: Censilia,English — Christian Engström @ 11:43
Watch the video at (4 min)

Watch the video at (4 min)

Two weeks ago, I took part in a panel discussion on child safety online, and also did a video interview on the subject for

The internet is generally speaking very much safer for children than the physical world, even if it is true that some of the problems of the physical world are sometimes reflected on the internet.

The biggest internet related threat to our children is that they might inherit a society with less freedom than the one we got from our parents, if we allow well-meaning but misguided politicians to introduce censorship and general surveillance on the net. We know for a fact that the copyright industry is deliberately using child porn as an argument to introduce censorship on the net, as the thin wedge to get censorship accepted as a principle, to help them get file sharing sites censored.

“We want the same laws, and in particular the same fundamental rights, applied on the internet as in the rest of society,” I say in the interview.

Watch the interview at (4 min)


3 kommentarer

  1. ”…if we allow well-meaning but misguided politicians to introduce censorship and general surveillance on the net.”

    Assuming, that the politicians are actually well-meaning, not just populist and power and control hungry, manipulating public opinion in a way to introduce more restriction in their own interest or interest of some shady and unsavoury entity in the background. I’d say such assumtion is mostly wrong.

    Kommentar av Jarda — 13 februari 2013 @ 13:35

  2. @Jarda: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

    It’s called Hanlon’s razor. Actually, explaining to everyone that someone just did something stupid is a rather good way of handling even malicious people, whereas explaining to everyone that someone is evil is a very bad way of handling someone who just did something stupid. So, when it’s not really clear if it is malice or stupidity, use Hanlon’s razor, and the result will probably be pretty good no matter which case it was.

    Kommentar av von — 13 februari 2013 @ 18:39

  3. Sure. Sometimes it’s a 2 component process, like epoxy glue. The politicians provide the stupidity and/or character of a moral prostitute, someone else provides the malice – e.g. banks, corporations, secret services, army, whoever with enough money for a fat bribe or election support. The result is regime hardening, e.g. ACTA, ”Patriot” Act, infinite detention without trial, wire tapping at will….

    Kommentar av Jarda — 13 februari 2013 @ 19:59

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