Censorship by any other means

You can censor the Internet just as effectively through privacy or copyright restrictions as you can by over political means. In fact, that is how censorship is being achieved in Europe. Many American sites will not conform to the European Commission’s GDPR. Result: try to get the Drudge Report, Powerline or a host of other sites based in America, as you tour through Europe. You will wait in vain. “The server took too long to respond” is not always a technical response; it can be the result of political decisions.

Regulatory barriers act as an effective form of political censorship because they do not appear to be overtly political. If you fail to conform to a European law respecting “privacy”, which about the implantation of ‘cookies’, then you disappear. The European Commission can claim that the Americans fail to respect European notions of ‘privacy’, without censoring anything on overtly political grounds.

The net result is what the Democrats like Vint Cerf who run the Internet organizations fear the most: fragmentation of the Internet. Fragmentation can serve the interests of anti-Americans, and does. It can all be accomplished by goody two shoes European bureaucrats.

I will keep you posted on this as I can. This was one of those things I had to experience before it became real. Maybe the servers did take too long to respond, but maybe the cause was technical, not political. I doubt it.

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