Not wanting to state that I use such sites but the recent block of The Pirate Bay
by many UK ISP's has caused much outrage and worry to people all over the world.
Yes we all know the reasons why major companies have pushed for such actions but is this now leading towards complete internet censorship/monitoring/blocking/banning etc...and limiting peoples rights to the internet?http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2012/may/pirate-parties-hit-out-at-censorship-following-dutch-ruling-on-the-pirate-bay-proxies/http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-enjoys-12-million-traffic-boost-shares-unblocking-tips-120502/
Its a tough cookie I realise but I can fully see what it happening here, first its torrent sites, then maybe its porn, then perhaps its anything which is deemed 'unsuitable' or 'unfit' for public view which could be any manner of things.
At what point does something become distasteful or offensive that large companies or whoever can order ISP's to block them??
Are we destined for a Big Brother type internet where you are told what you can look at or go to? who has the right to do this??
Isn't the internet suppose to be for the people? a place of universal free speech, ideas and creativity?
This is a good example, at what point is something deemed blockable? how long before everything that isn't 'nice and family orientated' gets blocked??http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9717000/9717578.stm
This interview is rather worrying as you can tell they really wanna block lots more.
Another example, I enjoy this British magazine, its very popular and adult only, but its very touch and go with subjects, is this a blockable site? I'm sure some people would like to block it.http://www.bizarremag.com/
I'm not saying I fully agree with EVERYTHING that can be seen online but it is worrying that this type of thing is now becoming prominant, I pay for broadband so I expect to be able to go where I wish without blocks, like many I don't like being told what I can or can't see.
It seems this move by the courts has caused quite an stir amongst net users, things could get interesting.http://www.pcworld.com/article/255331/the_pirate_bay_supporters_hack_virgin_media.htmlhttp://www.tomshardware.com/news/Anonymous-Pirate-Bay-DDoS-Virgin-Media-TalkTalk,15575.htmlhttp://www.metro.co.uk/tech/899184-the-pirate-bay-co-founder-to-take-multi-million-pound-case-to-eu-court
What does everyone think?