September 26, 2012

European Union: Is it the end of Internet freedom?

Publication time: Today at 12:12 Emirate time
A Polish online newspaper published an article about the threat to freedom on the Internet coming from the increasingly totalitarian monster called the European Union. The article "Is it the end of Internet freedom? (To koniec wolności w internecie!?)" says:

"The visions of George Orwell in the novel "1984" become more and more real. The European Commission, operating under the banner of a project "Clean Internet", can destroy the last bastion of free speech and independent media.

As a representatives of Polish Information Center Panoptykon points out, the project "Clean Internet" was officially proclaimed by the EC as a tool to fight "cyber-terrorism" (but not the Russian-KGB one because a dog never bites other dogs - KC), but the methods used to achieve the dubious goal are of considerable interest.

The main task of the "Clean Internet" project will be to control everything users are doing on the network, exactly as Orwell forewarned. Several providers already declared their support to the Project in agreeing to filter the content on the Internet". End quote.

By the way, it is worth mentioning that our viewers in Austria have already informed us that they can not access directly to the site of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Voice of Jihad, for over 3 months now and have to use proxies, as in case with the Kavkaz Center viewers inside Russia.

An Austria's provider, UPC Austria, is actually the only ISP for a small country and directly belongs to the pro-Russian Austrian government.

The Austrian secret political police Bundesamt fur Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung (BVT) attached to Putin-loving Austrian Interior Ministry have been dabbling in illicit practices, similar to those used in the case of blocking the Kavkaz Center by the largest Sweden's provider TeliaSonera in January 2012.

There too, the Internet filtering took place clearly not without unlawful interference by the Swedish secret political police on behalf of "colleagues" from the Russian gang of the KGB-FSB.

As a result, half of Europe, including Austria, Germany and Poland, were left without access to Kavkaz Center for 2 weeks.

After his trial on June 13, 2012 that sentenced him to a suspended term of 4 months for assistance to Chechen refugees, Finnish human rights activist Mikael Storsjo wrote on his blog for other Finnish human rights defenders that they should not curse the Finnish legal system. Were it not for the courts, the police would simply jail and tear apart every human rights defender in the country.

The Polish paper continues:

"The whole concept of the project has been developed by the European Commission. This will not only block the content prohibited by law and threatening national security, but will also completely block any content that is considered controversial or objectionable.

The opportunities of abuse, given by the Project, threaten the Internet freedom and would lead to a restriction of freedom of speech. Providers are set to play a central role in censoring the Internet. They will have the right to censor the content of the sites visited by their customers - by filtering and blocking certain services or information.

The project is a complete opposite to the idea of ​​free access to the Internet which guarantees the freedom of movements and exchange of views.

Below we publish the most important aspects that the project "Clean Internet" offers. They have been collected and made available for us by the Internet Fund Panoptycon:

1. Law allowing the police to control the flow of information in the network, including (theoretically anonymous) online discussions.

2. Cancellation of any law that prohibits filtering or control of the content.

3. Law enforcement agencies should be able to delete texts "without the need for complex formal procedures" and therefore "to observe and react."

4. "Consciously made" references to "content associated with terrorist activities" (important note: the project does not speak of the content found to be illegal by a court, but is guided by the vague phrase "content associated with terrorist activities") are to be the same criminal offence as a "terrorist activity." itself.

5. Legal framework for a system of mandatory identification on-line ( so-called right for " identity certification") to prevent the anonymous use of Internet services.

6. Providers should be responsible for police failure to exercise in a "rational" way electronic surveillance to detect (undefined) "terrorist activity" on the Internet.

7. Companies that provide filtering technology, and customers must be held responsible for failure to report "illegal" content, determined by filtering software.

8. Users should also be responsible for the "knowledge" about the content, which is not illegal as found by the courts of law.

9. Governments should take into account the degree of participation of service providers to filter (supervise) Internet content when issuing public tenders for Internet services.

10. The "warning" and the blocking of content should be an integral part of social networks.

11. Anonymous users who view the (potentially) illegal content can keep their anonymity to an extent ... but their IP-address must be registered and stored in order to permit the prosecution of the suspects at a later date.

12. Companies should implement a control system which is offered to customers on-line, so that after the removal of inappropriate content or content associated with it, the content is not transferred further to other websites and made again available for the viewers.

13. A system that is based on the rule of law, in which a court determines whether the content violates the law, has to be replaced by a system in which quasi-judicial decisions in regard to the content are made by law enforcement agencies (e.g. the police), and in which it will be these agencies that will enforce providers to remove any "questionable" content from the web.
Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center