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Anti-censorship page

The purpose of this page is first, to link to things that censors have tried to ban, and more generally to show how the Internet can be used to render such bans impotent.

Please do not think that I agree with (or am even particularly interested in) all the things below. I'm just anti-censorship. I do not accept that any other adult has the right to tell me what I can and cannot look at. It may be (and I certainly hope) that the Internet will finally put an end to this power that adults have wielded over other adults since the very dawn of mass culture.




Freedom of speech. (Some of my books.)
If these books are not all legal in your society, then there is something wrong with your society.






I support freedom of speech on the Internet.
Obviously we must discuss what that means, since there are many hard cases about privacy, libel, threats, espionage and so on.
I think I'm on the same side as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on most issues, but maybe not all.




Anti-censorship



Anti-censorship groups

Some anti-censorship groups have left-wing politics. And since I do not agree with left-wing politics, I often have issues with these groups.



Books


Banned books




Politically-Correct censorship

That is, censorship by nice, well-meaning people, who may even call themselves liberals.




Tobacco advertising

It would be hard to censor tobacco advertising on the Internet (and here) as it has been censored in the offline media.


Vintage "Flintstones" cartoon ad for Winston cigarettes.



Ludicrous vintage ad for Salem cigarettes.




The Swedish Institute "hate" list

The term "hate speech" can have real meaning. But it is also used just to censor unpopular opinions.

Normally, lists of "hate sites" and "hate accounts" turn out to be comical.





The Symantec "hate" list




Academia


The lack of diversity on campus

For many reasons (self-selection also being one) the politics and humanities departments of western universities have a clear left-wing bias. What can (or should) be done about this is another matter. But there is no harm in pointing it out.



Students hate free speech:
The "Irvine 11", a group of students from the Muslim Student Union, repeatedly shout down a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States at the University of California, Irvine, in Feb 2010.
It is typical of the far left that they think free speech means stopping others from speaking, and forcing everyone to listen to their inane views.
The Muslim Student Union was explicit about stopping free speech. Their internal email said the goal of the protest was to "send the speaker a message" and show him that "he can't just go to a campus and say whatever he wants."
The "Irvine 11" were convicted in court in Sept 2011 of suppressing free speech. They got community service, probation and fines.




Sex

As I say, I'm a libertarian or a classic liberal, not a conservative. I believe in hard work and responsibility, but I see no reason why consenting adults cannot do anything they like.

It's your life. It's not for the state to tell you what to do. You can have fun, but similarly it's not for the state to save you from yourself. You can have fun, provided you take responsibility for your own choices.



Parental control




I am in favour of the sexual revolution, as are (it might surprise you) many on the right.
Photo from here. See terms of use.



Sexy painting at Pompeii (1st century AD).
From here.
See Erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum.




"I will not criticize the power of pictures and words to arouse; to arouse passions or ideas, erections or damp panties, fears, curiosities, unarticulated yearnings and odd realizations. Sexual speech, not MacKinnon's speech, is the most repressed and disdained kind of expression in our world, and MacKinnon is no rebel or radical to attack it."
- Susie Bright replying to pro-censorship campaigner Catharine MacKinnon.



Drugs

Drug use should be legal. Adults want to mess with their bodies and minds - always have, always will. It's science's job to make it interesting and safe. It's not the government's job to enforce someone's idea of a religious or moral code of behaviour.

We lock up in jail people who take drugs even if they harm nobody and are leading productive lives. This can only be based not on public health but on the idea that one adult can tell another adult what to do in his private life. Just as bad as all the innocents in prison is that the drug laws, just as alcohol prohibition did, have created a vast, violent underworld which would vanish if drugs were legal. Think of all the muggings and burglaries that would stop if the poor could afford their habits.

History will judge the War on Drugs as both the great denial of civil liberties in the West in our age and simultaneously the major unnecessary cause of crime.

Note that I do not take drugs myself, except alcohol. In fact, I live a very abstemious life. But any supporter of liberal democracy must oppose the drug war, whatever their personal lifestyle.





The November Coalition: End the vicious drug prohibition. Release the users and sellers.
This is the No.1 civil liberties issue in the West.



The war I wanted Obama to end - The War on Drugs.




The Internet


Security


Anonymous Internet use



An illegal number



Illegal image, with illegal filename.
From illegal URL.
Spoof of 300.



An illegal song.




Social media

Social media have enormous power to censor people on their platforms. Which is their right. You can publish elsewhere on the Internet.

And yet, because of their dominance, this is very much like censoring people's opinions from society.

  


How to hack your own Internet access


Accessing information on the Internet


Preserving information (long-term, mirrors, duplication, archives)



The Internet Archive


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Who would ever want to go back to the pre-Internet world?
Here is the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1974 edition on Izmir in Turkey.

 

The end of Google, 2018.
Google started in the 1990s because other search engines were biased and did not show the most important hits at the top, but had other criteria.
In the 2010s, Google decided to start censoring results it does not agree with, and as a result its search engine is becoming useless.
Here is a search for "jihad" on a Chrome incognito window in Aug 2018, and the most important site in the world on the topic, Jihad Watch, is on page 12. Since a million people link to Jihad Watch, it must be put on page 12 deliberately by Google because they do not like it.
Well Google, it's been a nice 20 year run, but it is time for a new search engine now. Google may die. But the Internet goes on.





I signed the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace when it came out in 1996, and I have a lot of sympathy for it. When a group of people have constructed a new world, as we did, it is shocking when government, once it finds out about that world, threatens to destroy it, as government and media did once they discovered the Internet around 1995.

But things have worked out differently. Instead of destroying our world, they have joined it. And it is changing them.




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Banned in Iran: This site is banned in Iran.

Blocked on Twitter: I am blocked on Twitter by George Galloway MP and Angela Rayner MP and Owen Jones and Mo Ansar and Charles Johnson and Frankie Boyle and Carlos Latuff and CAGE and Stanley Cohen and Vian Tahir and Alaa Abd El Fattah and Aziz Poonawalla and Mubin Shaikh and Ali Abunimah and Richard Silverstein and Ben White and David Sheen and Asa Winstanley and Sarah Wilkinson and Rob McDowall and Nadeem Ahmed and Lexi Alexander and Andy Kindler and John Cusack and Mick Wallace TD and Ruth Coppinger TD and Cllr. Paul Donnelly and Cllr. Enda Fanning and Colm O'Gorman and Mary Fitzgerald and Brendan Ciaran Browne and Frank McDonald and Donal O'Keeffe and Tara Flynn and Joanna Kiernan and Allan Cavanagh and Jonathan Sugarman and Ronan Tynan and the IPSC and Umar Al-Qadri and the Clonskeagh mosque. What a shower. The reactionary part of the Islamic world, and their western allies, the regressive left.

Who I block: I will debate almost anyone. I love ideas. I will not debate (and will block) people who: (a) target my job, (b) target my appearance, or: (c) libel me (such as call me racist). I will not debate such people. I will block them.