UK Copyright lobby in talks with British Government on national web censorship
June 23, 2011
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This story was originally reported by Cory Doctorow in a Boing Boing Posting. Currently I have not found any verification of this but the story is certainly being reposted,shared and retweeted. If it is happening as reported, it may well be something to be concerned about.
Update: The BBC news today (24/06/11) reported on this story in their technology news section. Read more about it here
The major issue here is that this is a closed-door meeting with the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vsaizey to discuss an Internet censorship plan essentially allowing the British Government (or authorised experts) to decide what we can and can see and do on the Internet. The main reasoning as far as I can see is for those media corporations that have old distribution models for media, trying to hold on to those old ways by blocking the new. Their only motivation is profit and not on any form of Net neutrality.
Public interest groups like the Open Rights Group asked to attend the meeting, but were shut out.
The Open Rights Group has a campaign to repeal the DEA that you can sign onto. You can sign up for that campaign here.