zett - 5:59 am on Apr 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
The pertinent question is: will it be like in Iran, Syria and China?
No, they will filter different pages and keywords (but, for example, will allow access to stuff related to, say, Tiananmen Square). :-)
It is obvious that governments around the world would like to shut down or limit access to topics they don't want to see widely discussed. It will start small with topics that can be easily sold to the public, but the immanant risk is that once the technology is there, you can extend the filters.
Some folks in the U.S., for example, have already proposed a fine for "climate sceptics" (those people who do not buy to the story of "manmade CO2 emissions lead to severe global warming and climate change"). It's not a big step from requesting a fine to requesting to block access to pages that promote unwanted opinion. Or take the independent 9/11 research. That's certainly something worth to be blocked (in the eyes of the U.S. government).
I do have hope, though, that in Europe those laws will be put under massive scrutiny by the various high courts. For example, here in Germany, politicians have over the past couple of years grossly over-estimated their powers, and independent courts have stopped them. However, it is sad that it takes so long to get decisions from such courts.