Charlotte Gore understands the consequences of Lord Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill:
Mandelson wants to be able to ban individuals from [the internet] as punishment for copyright infringement. […] Here’s the key question: do we want to live in a society where people can be cut off from the internet without a trial, without a jury and without proving they committed any offence at all?
How to answer that depends on how you view the internet. Is it like a hi-fi that the council can confiscate if you disturb your neighbours, or is it more like being banished from the town you live in?
I vote banished. I know enough people who don’t have friends in the real world, who socialise exclusively online. I know people who depend on access to the internet for their careers and livelihoods. It’s become such a huge part of our lives, of the way we live and interact with each other that cutting people off from it is a clear and severe restriction of their liberty.
The Digital Economy Bill is a declaration of war against Britain’s digital natives, because it treats the internet as a souped-up interactive TV, not as a fundamental part of our daily lives.
It’s a declaration of war against our civil liberties, as it imposes punishment without trial.
It’s a war crime against the British people as it imposes collective punishment, which contravenes section 33 or the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.
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