A group known as “Anonymous” has launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Australian government websites this week in protest of government plans to censor porn content that features female ejaculation or small breasted women.
I’m starting to see a lot of stories from news sources worldwide that show an increasing concern that what is taking place in Australia will spread to Europe and the United States. Clearly, Australia seems to be leading the way to a Western clampdown that is alarming to internet users who have become accustomed to an internet unburdened by government control. Meanwhile more news items are simultaneously reporting that China’s internet restrictions are a result of their fears that free internet access could destabilize their government. They will not risk another Tank Man episode occurring.
Controlling porn might be the pretense, but I think there’s no doubt that governments around the world, east and west, are eying the internet as a mechanism which, under the right conditions, could ignite explosive unrest on a national scale before they could do anything to stop it.
The global spread of the graphic footage of the death of Neda Soltani during the Iranian election protests of 2009 generated near instantaneous rabid international condemnation of the Iranian government.
Nothing gets a free pass with the public as much as a crusade to protect children, so you can bet that governments everywhere will leverage off of that fact. The scourge of pornography will we be the one thing they will all agree needs to be suppressed and much of the world population will enthusiastically support it.