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Online Censorship and Firewalls Are Trade Barriers Says EU
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 28 February 2008 13:39
The European Union fights for freedom online, declaring censorship a trade barrier
Jason Mick (Blog) - February 28, 2008 1:17 PM

A proposal was passed today by the European Union, which should have serious ramifications on world trade. The proposal, submitted by Jules Maaten of the rightist Dutch VVD party, proposed that internet censorship via firewalls or other means be treated as a trade barrier. The European Parliament, the European Union's legislative body passed the proposal, 571-38.

Maaten describes his proposal as an "unusual, but effective way" to promote online freedom. The proposal will now go before the European Council, which can either adopt the proposal or amend it and send it back to the European Parliament. If the proposal is adopted, any countries found in violation will have issue raised in trade negotiations, with the likely effect of blocking, limiting, or otherwise financially penalizing trade with these nations.

The country most effect will be China as it is one of the most well known and vocal censors of the internet. For example, the country encourages bloggers to register with the government, and although it has dropped mandatory registration, many fear retribution for not doing so.   [DailyTech...]   [Comments....]


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