I am relieved to note that the Internet Watch Foundation has backed down over censoring Wikipedia. I believe that the actions of a large number of people have given us the chance toback away from a dangerous and retrograde step. To quote Crosbie Fitch, from a mailing on the Open Rights Group list:
Censorship is like religion. There's no evidence in support of it, and it's caused plenty of problems in the past, but it makes a hell of a lot of people feel more comfortable. It helps governments protect the people against terrorists too, and freedom fighters. What's to lose?
Let us not let the momentum slip in protecting our freedoms. I am please to note that this event may have had effects beyond our borders, and it looks as if Australian plans to censor the Internet have been stalled - and an link has been made with this debacle.
The trend for government to control and direct, at arms length, through bodies such as the IWF, and my personal bugbear Becta, needs to be addressed. Time after time the Government blames its failures on QUANGO type organisations. Our elected leaders slip out of taking responsibility for their decisions - in this case the IWF was clearly promoted by those elected and they have not been held to account.
For a lighter note, see the 'notnews' article.
Oh, and I'm still undecided whether this was a cock-up or a conspiracy.