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British digital freedoms are under threat. The public should fight back

Midnight_Caller
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British digital freedoms are under threat. The public should fight back

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="The Independent"]
British digital freedoms are under threat. The public should fight back
Freedom House, a Washington-based rights advocacy group, published a searching assessment of global online freedoms last week. It made a surprising read. While the UK may chide China for its domestic censorship of the net, it seems that Britain itself is bested in the realm of digital liberty, along with all other nations examined, by that unsuspected bastion of internet freedom: Estonia.
Tallinn is not known for its open style of government, but Stenbock House nonetheless appears to be willing to tolerate online freedoms on a greater scale than Westminster. And the Estonians are not alone in this regard. Seven nations were rated as “freer” than the UK in the study - Hungary and The Philippines among them. Worryingly, Britain was a mere five points shy of the dividing line between “free” and “partly free” (marks were given out of a hundred). It was the least liberal of the Western European countries assessed.
This may come as something of a surprise to many, but it appears that British internet freedoms (although far from being seriously restricted) are moving in a downward trajectory - a trend that looks set to continue apace.
In the coming months, parliament will debate surveillance proposals contained in the draft “Communications Data Bill”. If passed into law, it could result in the realisation of government plans to monitor the online and mobile phone activity of all British citizens.
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Yes we should fight back.  Enough is a enough.
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Re: British digital freedoms are under threat. The public should fight back

Phillipines is freer? I don't think so.. they recently just passed a law that bans all forms of online sexual contact from porn to cyber sex.
As for fighting it, we as a nation are useless. Everyone moans about fuel prices on a daily basis yet it took MONTHS for fairfueluk to get a measly 100,000 signatures. MONTHS!
We have several million motorists on the roads yet FFUK struggled to get 100K people to sign the petition. What kind of message does that send to MPs? - "We don't care what you do" thats what.
I know it sounds very pessimistic but its the truth. People in this country are lazy. They love to have a good whinge and a moan about the government getting it wrong, stitching everyone up etc. Have we learned anything from our french neighbours about how to stand up for ourselves? NO!
I rest my case.
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Midnight_Caller
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Re: British digital freedoms are under threat. The public should fight back

And you have a good case, the English don't stand up for themselves, not like the french thay would not put up with it!
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We could do with the french invading us to be honest.. they'd soon put our lands laws right again. The current mob are clearly useless.
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Re: British digital freedoms are under threat. The public should fight back

Agree with most of those points.
If I was selling cup final tickets at half price I guess the roads would be blocked for miles to my house yet try and set a meeting up or get adequate numbers to protest on a website and few people seem interested.
The ones who seem mainly concerned about it are the older generation who remember the sacrifices made by  their relatives and others to get many of the things we take for granted today. The ones who will suffer in the long run are the young and only realize what they have lost once it's gone.