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European Parliament rushes towards Soviet Internet

6:29 am on Jul 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Amendments to the European Telecommunications directive being rushed through the European Parliament propose a "Soviet internet" where software publishers and internet service providers watch traffic and data for Hollywood. Software and services that run on the internet would have to ask for permission of the regulators.

Imagine G or M$ would be one of those regulators...

And a bit further down the article:

Tomorrow, popular software applications like Skype or even Firefox might be declared illegal in Europe if they are not certified by an administrative authority. This is compromising the whole open development of the internet as we know it today. Once the Soviet Union required the registration of all typewriters and printing devices with the authorities.

I don't think it will go that far, but those developments are indeed threatening.

Read the whole article [press.ffii.org]

6:43 am on July 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I read through that piece a couple of times, but I'm still not clear what's going on here exactly.

It sounds like too much control/regulation over Internet services might result in a system much like what China has implemented. Either that, or the EU may have to do without those softwares and services.