French to vote on internet censorship bill next week
Next Tuesday French lawmakers will vote on a bill dubbed 'Loppsi 2' that will give the authorities the power to force ISPs to block access to any web address.
The intention of the bill is to allow French authorities to block sites in order to prevent the distribution of child pornography, but ultimately gives the government unilateral control to filter the internet. Amendments to the bill requiring a judge to review the list of filtered sites every month and making the filters temporary to review their effectiveness were rejected.
Under the current language, the blocked list will be kept secret with no judicial oversight. Theoretically, the administration could decide to block Google, Facebook, or any internet address that they consider to be in violation.
The bill has been deemed 'Urgent' so as to bypass the usual four readings before a vote -- and will instead go to the French Senate for a final vote next week, if passed.
Is it me, or are more western democracies looking a lot more like China and Iran then they should? Seems to be a lot of blocking going around the nets these days.
You can read more about the legislation here and from Le Monde here.
[via Slashdot & Good Gear Guide]