Small complaints grow
Those who are used to distilling the important things in the excess of news that traditional media and the Net itself offer us every day, will probably have noticed three facts that directly concern the freedom of information on the Net, and which also have direct consequences on other rights civil like freedom of expression.
These are laws approved by parliament in 1998, 2003 and 2006 relating, at least in terms of title, to the sacrosanct fight against pedophilia.
It is also a pity that the only active measures provided for by the aforementioned laws are aimed at limiting the circulation of child *********** images on the Net, through the preventive censorship of extreme content that can also be found outside the national territory.
Too bad that the only way used to achieve this already questionable measure is to attribute to the State the role of paternal and enlightened censor of the Net, able to avoid unsuspecting surfers from catching “by chance” content on a site that is harmful to their psyche .
Too bad that to achieve this it is necessary to completely unhinge the Internet infrastructure in Italy, with an operation of such magnitude that it has no equal in democratic countries, and perhaps only comparable to what is happening in China.
Too bad that everything that is done at the cost of causing this enormous damage to everyone can be circumvented by anyone with a minimum of technical skills in the field of the Net, or by anyone looking for step-by-step instructions that can fit in a couple of printed pages, and which are found instantly through a search on the Net. Unfortunately, by a few citizens, but certainly by all criminals.
But then “cui prodest?”, The Latins would have said. Who benefits from caging and disassembling the Internet in Italy?
The answer is simple: it does not benefit children, the apparent recipients of the laws who declare they want to protect them, who are usually victims of many other subjects who do not act on the Net but in the real way, but it only benefits those who want to limit the spaces of freedom. civil and individual rights.
It certainly does not help the citizens of a democracy, who as holders of inalienable constitutional rights and protected, at least in part, by basic principles of criminal law, are certainly not “defended” by censorship or by the invention of new types of crimes, they are “anticipatory” or “virtual”.
Not even the institution of censorship, from which our country still “benefits” thanks to its traditional paternalism towards the citizen, leaves civil rights unscathed.
Obviously, we are not referring to the censorship concerning what minors can see or do; rather it refers to that which claims to decide what an adult citizen who exercises his right of free choice can see or do. These are two completely different institutes; if the former can boast educational purposes at least in theory, the latter, the Censorship with a capital “C”, can boast illustrious ancestors only in the history of repressions and dictatorships.
“But where is the novelty in this anthology of known facts?”. Well, in mid-September, in implementation of Law 38/2006, the Ministry of the Interior issued an implementation circular to all Italian Internet Service Providers to formalize the administrative communication and censorship procedures provided for by the aforementioned law.
To this circular, a legal obligation for the Ministry, but due to a perverse law, the organizations of the ISPs reacted with substantially reassuring communications to their members. Perhaps reassuring for ISPs, who only lose money, certainly not for netizens.
This is the establishment of the CNCPO “National Center for the Contrast of Child *********** on the Internet” (but the acronym does not even return when stretching it), which in effect becomes the lord and master of the Internet in Italy, and the absolute censor of adults for as regards the contents of the Network itself, both Italian and foreign.
Someone already comments “But any sacrifice must be made to keep children safe from pedophiles!”. I have a 6 year old granddaughter so I am crazy about it. I really don’t think these laws will make her life safer. But I am sure that for her sake I would never want to see her grow up in a world shaped by these “sacrifices”.
To conclude, another important step has been taken for the realization of the Italian Big Brother; our great friend in fact, in Orwell’s novel, as well as spying on everything and everyone, completely censored the information published or archived, and through censorship he could condition people’s minds and rewrite past history.
Who knows what Orwell had in mind when he wrote these things?
Who knows what exactly he feared?
He certainly would have been frightened if he saw what is happening today.
And he would be scared to death if he saw with what indifference the majority of citizens and also of the people (ox) of the Net welcome these events.
I don’t have Orwell’s foresight, but I’m scared too. And not you?
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