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Privacy forum founder: We may have to cut #Europe off the Internet

Lauren Weinstein, created the PRIVACY Forum in 1992, and has been involved with Internet and other technology issues for over 40 years, including at the first site on the ARPANET (the ancestor of the Internet), which was located at the UCLA.

The busy technologist shared a post, triggered by the recent European invasion of the Internet via the introduction of the GDPR, and there are now the Article 11 and 13 shockwaves to deal with.

Titled, “Why We May Have to Cut Europe Off from the Internet,” the op-ed piece analyzes the current situation, as seen from the eyes of an Internet veteran, expert in such issues:

Says Mr. Weinstein:

“It’s no joke. It’s not hyperbole. If the European Union continues its current course, the rest of the world may well have to consider how to effectively “cut off” Europe from the rest of the Internet — to create an “Island Europe” in an Internet communications context.

[…] continuing EU actions could create an environment where mechanisms to tightly limit Europe’s interactions with the rest of the global Internet may be necessary — not imposed with pleasure, not with vindictiveness, but for the protection of free speech around the rest of the planet.”

Why would such European segregation of the Internet be necessary?

According to Lauren Weinstein:

[…] the EU has expanded its demands until now it considers itself in key respects to be the global arbiter of what should or should not be seen by Internet users around the world.

[…] If Europe continues to insist that its tyranny of censorship and information control must be honored by the rest of the world, then the rest of the world will be reluctantly forced to treat Europe as an Internet pariah, and use all possible technical means to isolate Europe in manners that best protect everyone else’s freedom of Internet speech.

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2 Responses to “Privacy forum founder: We may have to cut #Europe off the Internet”
  1. Undaunt says:

    Is there a way to put the faces of those enacting these laws for Europe ?Why dont they stop using computers and the internet altogether ? They want privacy then they should not use the internet.They think they have the solution to everything then they should go live in the wilderness.Someone should go research on all of them and stop their hidden agenda.

  2. DomainGang says:

    Undaunt – Some names of those who voted for Articles 11/13 (both for and against) can be found at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/149721/juri-committee-result-roll-call-votes-20062018.pdf

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