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...die Präsenz des Protests im Netz gegen die KiPo-Alibisperren in den traditionellen Medien in .de ist ja nun ausgiebig diskutiert worden und es tut sich ja einiges. Was imo überfällig ist: die Geschichte ins Ausland tragen, namentlich in den englischsprachigen Raum. Zum einen sind die Blogs und Medien für das Thema durchasus sensibilisiert, zu anderen sollte es nicht damit getan sein, dass der aktuelle Aktionismus der .de-Politik nur hierzulande das genannt wird, was er ist. Von daher mein Vorschlag: Kontakten wir die englischsprachigen Medien, zu denen wir Kontakt haben, die das Thema behandeln und ihm auch im Ausland Reichweite verschaffen.

Ich erlaube mir eben mal, eine Kurzfassung der Argumentation ins Englische zu übersetzen. Verbesserungen, Glättungen, Ergänzungen, Anpassungen an verschiedene Zielgruppen/Empfänger erwünscht. Insbesondere mit den Überschriften bin ich nicht wirklich glücklich.

greetz Korrupt

German government tries to establish "Stop Signs" to fight child abuse on the Internet, ignores petition of 130.000

Protest against populistic, yet senseless net censorship in Germany

German minister of family Ursula von der Leyen achieved a major consensus in the german gouvernment to establish a law forcing Internet Service Providers in Germany to block access to sites allegetly containing depictments of child abuse. This law was propagated under reference to a "child pornography industry" with a yearly turnover of millions of euros, created by the distribution of child pornography on public accessible web pages. As these sites couldn't be shut down, at least public access would have to be blocked. This should be enforced with secret lists maintained by the german federal police without control by a court. Critics do not believe this to be effective, for the abuse does not end being invisible, further more, the considered IP-Filters can be easily avoided using open DNS servers. Most important, most known sites containing materials showing child abuse are hosted in western countries, where child abuse and its dissemination is illegal. Instead of shutting down the servers, their continued operations will be concealed. As the list of blocked sites is secret and visitors IPs are logged with the intended purpose to enforce investigations, people can easily be driven into alleged child abuse, sending them to listed sites e.g. via URL-shorteners. The true problem - still operating servers hosting depictments of child abuse, the very real creation of new material - is not dealt with. Even worse, its obfuscated and hindered, hiding the criminal sites from view.

Text of the Petition, translated

We demand that the German Bundestag refuses to change the Telemedia Act according to the proposals of the Federal Cabinet on 22.4.09. The proposed approach demands ISPs to block web pages indexed by the german federal police, what we consider to be opaque and uncontrollable as the "block lists" are neither accessible nor are there defined criteria for web pages to be put on that list. We consider this as a threat to the fundamental right of freedom of information.

Justification We agree completely to the primary objective of the planned law - to protect children and to prevent both their abuse as well as the dissemination of child pornography. This objective is undoubtedly in everyone's interest. The proposed measures are completely unsuitable, as disclosed in many cases by experts from various realms areas on multiple occasions. The blocking of Internet sites has virtually no detectable effect on the physical and psychological integrity of abused children.

The Petition and a list of its signers can be found on the petition site of german Bundestag, link: [1]

Backgrounds and recommended reading

There are a lot of background stories (e.g. schools and universities being excepted from the planned internet filtering, german e-petition website administration threatening to shut down its discussion forums because of external links, lots of politicians insulting critics and experts as sympathisers of child abuse and putting experienced users under general suspicion, for they are able to change their DNS settings...) and actions - a large collection of materials is hosted at the AK Zensur website ([2]) and its wiki ([3]). Press reactions and analysis can be found at german internet politics blog Netzpolitik ([4]). Especially on twitter, the discussion can be followed via the #zensursula - Tag, a mashup of "Zensur" and "Ursula", meaning censorship and the prename of the german minister of family Ursula von der Leyen.

German government has reached a new low regarding technical incompetence and populism, endangering fundamental human rights and starting the creation of a censorship infrastructure, claiming to fight child pornography. As we all know, bad ideas tend to spread, especially if they allow more control and censorship on the net, even if they fail to achieve their alleged goals.

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