Digital Economy Bill gets worse

Quick post, more thoughts to come later…

To paraphrase a Michael Bay film, this shit just got real.

Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are positing an amendment to the bill that takes it into even scarier territory, enabling mass censorship of websites based on unsubstatiated claims of copyright infringement.

This could mean that sites like YouTube and WordPress would be banned from the UK Internet.

Some more information from Cory Doctorow here.

Information on how to take a stand here. Please, please make a fuss.

Internet access will be the lifeblood of countries in the 21st century, socially, politically and economically. Don’t let politicians strangle at birth the UK’s chances of competing on a global stage – and that’s without even getting into the dire implications for the concepts freedom and innocent-until-proven-guilty.

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