In this latest shocking development we hear how Theresa May wants to introduce a Government controlled Internet in the UK. It was only a few months ago new rules were implemented forcing Internet providers in the UK to hold records of everyone’s browsing history. Well, now it seems she would like to go one step further and just control the internet.
On the surface it may seem well intended, however rest assured this is not about protecting the innocent, this is not even about counter-terrorism.
This is about controlling the narrative on the largest form of media communication available to the UK population.
The Independent reports:
The new rules would include laws that make it harder than ever to access pornographic and other websites. The government will be able to place restrictions on seeing adult content and any exceptions would have to be justified to ministers, the manifesto suggests.
The manifesto even suggests that the government might stop search engines like Google from directing people to pornographic websites. “We will put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm,” the Conservatives write.
But perhaps most unusually they would be forced to help controversial government schemes like its Prevent strategy, by promoting counter-extremist narratives.
“In harnessing the digital revolution, we must take steps to protect the vulnerable and give people confidence to use the internet without fear of abuse, criminality or exposure to horrific content”, the manifesto claims in a section called ‘the safest place to be online’.
The plans are in keeping with the Tories’ commitment that the online world must be regulated as strongly as the offline one, and that the same rules should apply in both.
“Our starting point is that online rules should reflect those that govern our lives offline,” the Conservatives’ manifesto says, explaining this justification for a new level of regulation.
Of course there are ways to avoid such a control system for anyone who is slightly tech-savvy and rest assured we will be giving you a complete guide on how to do so.