Monday, December 08, 2008
British nanny state decides you can't see this picture
This image is in epic bad taste, but who the fuck is the "Internet Watch Foundation" to be telling us what we can or can not see on such sites such as Wikipedia? They are free to warn against it, to even point it out. But blocking sites is going too far.
A decision by a number of UK internet providers to block a Wikipedia page showing an image of a naked girl has angered users of the popular site.
The blocked page of the online encyclopaedia shows an album cover of German heavy metal band Scorpions, released in 1976.
Internet providers acted after online watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation warned them its picture may be illegal.
The IWF said it was a "potentially illegal child sexual abuse image".
Some volunteers who run Wikipedia said it was not for the foundation to censor one of the web's most popular sites.
The so called "Internet Watch Foundation" is a dangerous precedent, as governments and censors will always use kiddie porn (and terrorism, we mustn't forget terrorism) as the wedge to begin controlling the net.
And controlling the net is a goal of governments world wide. This free speech thing has gone on long enough.
Read more here and here and here.