Big Brother watching online
INTERNET censorship enforced in China and Iran is outrageous to many of us in the West, but censorship can take many forms, even here.
Internet censorship can range from blacklisting file- sharing sites to blocking political opinion.
Australia’s Clean Feed mandatory filter was rejected, but with new legislation drafted for next year, we may not be free online for long.
Similarly, America’s Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act censorship bills were also scrapped, but now the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ( CISPA) poses a new threat to freedom.
You may think that if you are not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to fear, but this style of online monitoring is more pervasive than that.
CISPA would allow companies to monitor private email, internet searches, and other online activity and then share information with the Government. This information could then be used at will, including for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity.
Big Brother is your back- seat surfer under laws like CISPA.
Because the internet is impossible to control, internet filtering is a growing problem around the world.
Most countries approach internet censorship by censoring a broad category of inappropriate content, and that is where the spectrum of content targeted for filtering becomes complicated.
‘‘ Inappropriate’’ content now includes political, religious and security- related content, especially in authoritarian regimes.