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posted by chromas on Wednesday June 13, @01:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the bells-will-be-ringing dept.

As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries have spoken out against a dangerous provision, Article 13, that would require Internet platforms to automatically filter uploaded content. The group, which includes Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the Mozilla Project Mitchell Baker, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, and net neutrality expert Tim Wu, wrote in a joint letter that was released today:

By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.

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Reply to: Not a side effect

    (Score: 5, Informative) by jmorris on Wednesday June 13, @03:07AM

    by jmorris (4844) Subscriber Badge <reversethis-{gro.uaeb} {ta} {sirromj}> on Wednesday June 13, @03:07AM (#692200)

    People are reacting to this proposal like it was an unintended side effect. Closing the open Internet down and rebuilding AOL has been the explicit goal of every Globalist and Big Legacy Tech company since Trump and BrExit occurred. Before, open and free were great because the masses were lowing softly and ambling contentedly toward the abattoir at the "Sunny Uplands of History" and it was oh so much easier that way, when the suckers thought they were free and actually wanted what was coming. The second those unwashed masses got ideas of their own the jackboots came stomping down. As I said at the time, Americans electing Trump and the Brits voting to Exit was not a victory; it was only an indication that we had awakened to the danger and were at least going to fight.

    Well now fight damn you! You talked a good fight about Internet Freedom for years and then most here have been walking around with your thumbs up your butts as Big Tech has introduced levels of censorship you would have been burning shit down over had Bushitler even proposed a fraction of it. But #theresistance does it to stop uppity people who aren't good San Fran wierdos and you have been happy to applaud. Enough. Either everybody is free or everybody is going to get the Thousand Years of Darkness. The Internet and Big Data + AI can easily be abused into the biggest tool of oppression ever dreamed of. You are fools if you think it will only be used once to destroy your enemies of the day. This ain't a Batman movie. They must be stopped from turning the Internet into a weapon.

    This is going to require an actual fight. You aren't going to run an "education" campaign and show the EU Parliament that this plan has unintended consequences, as I said, the consequences are the point and the stated reason merely pretext. They must fear you more than the Globalists they serve in the way we here on this side of the Atlantic have to make our nominal "Republican" Congress fear its voters more than their donors.

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