Europe's quixotic plan to "clean" the Internet of terrorists

Posted in: Censorship at 10/08/2012 14:09

Delegates from Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Europol -- the European Union's criminal intelligence agency -- will gather in London this September as part of a project to cleanse the Internet (or at least the European section of the Internet) from "terrorist websites." And they have European Union money to do it.

The CleanIT project hopes to develop a flagging system for "terrorist" content. It wouldn't be mandatory, but Internet providers would be encouraged to take down or block the flagged material. The aim is to create "a non-legislative 'framework' that consists of general principles and best practices... to counter the illegal use of Internet," says the group.

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