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2011-12-07 - 01:29:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: Meta: Internet | Law | Politics |

One of my ISPs, entanet have posed the question "Which of the following issues will most greatly affect the Internet market in 2012?" Options range from Ofcom's latest plans to abort net neutrality and BT's PIA pricing announcement for duct and pole access, through The DEA – three strikes rule, website blocking plans, etc and one close to my heart, The lack of adoption of IPv6, but the top one, in my view, is The court order to force BT to block Newzbin2.

Each of those issues is important, but I'd suggest that it is the court blocking of a website which bodes worst for the market and internet users next year. Putting it simply, if people cannot access every website, every service, every IP address (v4 or v6!) then there is censorship and that, surely, destroys the freedom of access we presently have.

Internet access is now considered by many (including, aiui, the EU) as a 'necessity', in the same way as a fresh drinking water supply, a roof and four walls, etc. are. But we don't permit the state to tell us we may only use our water supply to make coffee and never tea, or that we may only sleep in our homes during the hours of local darkness and never take an afternoon nap.

I may disagree with the perceived 'rights' of Newzbin2 to publish and be damned (and I do), but court-sanctioned censorship for what is, at root, a civil copyright matter, is not the way to go.



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