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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » Internet censorship in germany

May 5, 2009

Internet censorship in germany

Category: General — kaldor @ 10:42 pm

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And now, to something completely different.

Some of you (at least the people living in Germany should have)  probably heard about the latest proposals by our Federal Minister of Family Affairs. Basically it is about to enable better protection from child pornography in the internet. Just to be 100% clear, I absolutely consent with putting all available efforts in finding those criminals and adjudge them with maximum punishment the law allows to.

But the suggested way is to enable filters for webpages. While this sounds like a perfect solution for a dummy, most of the readers of this blog are no novices when it comes to online technologies. Firstly it is no problem at all to circumvent such systems by simply using proxies. In addition this opens all doors for enabling a fully working censor system in our country.

Consequently this proposal must be avoided by all means. The German Bundestag allows to create online petitions and if enough people sign such a document, the topic has to be further discussed.

Here is a link for the petition: click

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