The threat of Internet Filtering - "To belong here is to believe in these things"
10th June 2011 13:14 | by Loz Kaye
This week the Home Secretary Theresa May unveiled the Coalition Government's optimistically titled new counter terrorism strategy 'prevent'¹. 'Prevent' is being billed by the Government as a way to deal with all forms of terrorism and extremism that the country is supposedly overrun by, as well as things like non-violent extremism and harmful ideas being disseminated by groups hell bent on... well, something.
The problem with this approach, as with any that intends to change how people think and what ideas are attractive, is how we define the threat. When we look not at terrorism, but at extremism, extremist views or radicalisation we leave ourselves open to making some fundamental mistakes, to trading fundamental freedoms and rights for protection against an ill defined enemy.
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