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Free and open internet

Posted by on November 18, 2016.

I think I’ve slipped into a parallel universe where contradictions prove themselves. How else do you understand the NCSC, part of GCHQ, one of the Five Eyes, making this tweet:

NCSC: free & open internet

This was the very day that the IP Bill effectively became law. It was passed without amendment by the House of Lords meaning that there is no further impediment to it becoming the IP Act and the law of the land. All it needs now is Queenie’s rubber stamp. Theresa may rush it through with all haste so that could happen any day. Alternatively, she might hide it on a good day to bury bad news – something like Christmas or New Year’s Eve (which wouldn’t surprise me albeit unbelievably cynical).

Edward Snowden, who knows a thing or to about GCHQ (which owns the NCSC) tweeted:

Snowden: free and open internet

So how can the NCSC proclaim belief in a free and open internet on the same day as its own government imposes more stringent control and surveillance over and via the internet than any other democracy has ever done?

Mind you, I may be a bit dense. When the UK law-enforcement-come-intelligence-agency says it believes in a free and open internet, it might simply mean free and open to itself. In which case, its wish has been granted.

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