By Graham Vanbergen – I’ve been warning ever since the start of TruePublica that this day will arrive in Britain.
In America, Donald Trump is attempting to give himself powers to completely shut down
the internet ‘in case of an emergency” – whatever that means. Forbes
writes: “The view that the internet should be open, interoperable, and
free from state censorship has been a pillar of American policy since
the 1990s. Mr. Trump sharply departs from this establishment consensus.”
Theresa May has similar ambitions. Under her stewardship we already
have many controls of the internet – and like surveillance that started
off searching for terrorists, that expanded to criminals and eventually
surveils every single one of us, this new manifesto pledge will grow
arms and legs and turn into a new battleground for civil liberty and
human rights organisations.
At the bottom of the Tory party manifesto published on Thursday,
there is a technology section that clearly states the party’s intention
to fully control the online world through a new set of regulations.