On June 3rd Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, released a report looking at the Internet. The report strongly criticises measures such as 'three strikes' disconnections and website blocking, and calls Digital Economy Act and similar laws 'alarming' violations of people's rights.
New “voluntary” website blocking proposals, with cursory legal oversight, are being pushed by copyright lobbyists. Leaked yesterday, these censorship proposals would mean a dangerous revocation of the rule of law, in favour of a lawless Internet, where lobby groups would decide what you are allowed to see and read.
MPs Julian Huppert, Tom Watson, Robert Halfon and Eric Joyce have written a parliamentary motion (EDM) that calls for the government to reconsider the Digital Economy Act and its many proposed website blocking schemes, and for an examination of these matters by the appropriate Parliamentary Select Committee. It is high time that the UK government understood the serious consequences of its proposed Internet laws for freedom of expression and privacy. It is vital that they begin to understand how their policies are affecting our rights. Write to your MP now and ask them to sign the EDM.
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