The internet belongs to us, not the authorities.
I remember at the age of four being deprived of my beloved Noddy books. Written by children’s writer Enid Blyton, someone considered Noddy would corrupt my young mind. The exact reason for this censorship is a mystery to me, my imagination runs wild contemplating how I could be corrupted by Noddy.
Moving on to the present, this liberty loving blogger has to suffer further censorship thanks to my internet service provider putting a filter on my online activity. I have no problems about the censoring of nude people, but it is ridiculous that I am unable to read a fellow bloggers short story about rebellious bees. The option is available for me to remove the filter by giving my credit card details, except I have no credit card. I got round the filter using a proxy.
This week the Government in the UK announced they were going to get all the UK internet service providers to install filters on all their customer accounts, furthermore the default would be that the filter would be active unless the customer asked for the turning off of the filter. Whilst this Government is starting to back track after realising their scheme is unworkable, especially if it is blocking sexual health sites, it raises the issue that authority figures think adult citizens incapable and immature to exercise their own choice to mature content. Whilst it is reasonable that we should protect young minds, why must adult minds be subjected to the same tyranny?
Censorship is an ever creeping challenge that internet users face as politician, priest and corporate struggle to control a freedom loving chaotic beast. Whilst it is hard to argue against censorship of material harmful to children, it is often hidden in a guise that wants to deny responsible adults of the choice as well. It is often the way that it is censorship of extreme porn today, then Wikileaks tomorrow.
I am still aggrieved at being deprived of my Noddy books, and I am equally irritated with David Cameron the UK Prime Minister for even daring to censor my adult choice to what I see on the internet.