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The Next Ugly Phase May be Web Censorship Built Into the Web Browser (Under the Guise of Safety From Alleged 'Misinformation' and Supposedly 'Illegal' Things)

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Summary: Censorship on the World Wide Web is expanding and it seems plausible that the client side (browser) will facilitate a lot of this, quite likely in the name of "security"

LESS than a day ago Ryan a lot of posts. Among the many topics covered Ryan wrote about so-called 'stores'. The Web is becoming filled with "stores" and many things offline are also becoming "stores". Who controls these? Not the users. Each store is like a bundle of restrictions and censorship. That's just... the "trend". In China, for instance, they try to police which files you have, what songs you listen to, what characters you can type...



"Expect further restrictions on access to information."Users are becoming severely disadvantaged and computers are rapidly becoming portable cages. As for access to information, that too is getting quietly monopolised. "I suspect that one small reason ads are less viable now is that there are much fewer relevant small businesses," one person noted yesterday. "Another, probably larger reason, is that control of online ads is held by a tiny handful of companies."

What comes next? Expect further restrictions on access to information. See the following news:



  1. How long before all browsers are required by law to prevent users from opening allegedly infringing sites? - Walled Culture
  2. Will Browsers Be Required By Law To Stop You From Visiting Infringing Sites? | Techdirt


  3. France: Proposed internet bill threatens online speech - ARTICLE 19


  4. France: Article 19 warns of threats to privacy - freedom of expression posed by proposed Internet bill - Business & Human Rights Resource Centre




The ultimate goal is to control everything people do online. What's at stake here is a lot bigger than software freedom although Free software can allow people to bypass such restrictions. Based on recent years in the Mozilla blog, Firefox is not on our side because it keeps pushing the censorship agenda rather than the free expression agenda.

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