November 16, 2011

[TITLE REDACTED], censorship and cutting tools - my celebration of Censorship Day.

Take home message: tools that limit the information flow in society are probably more dangerous than tools that add more information flows. This is why if you think it is a bad thing that Oxford taxis are supposed to record conversations, you should be even more worried about bills aiming to block IP infringing websites. Mission creep, entrenching of power differentials and lack of accountability make both bad, but blocking information also prevents an open society from correcting itself.

Extraordinary extensions of state power require extraordinary safeguards. Unfortunately we seem to have become used to extensions of state power.

Posted by Anders3 at November 16, 2011 11:44 PM