Thursday, December 01, 2016

Trump's ideas on stopping terror could lead to c.p.-like laws on possessing or even accessing certain websites


The Trump presidency is likely to bring up the issue of web content supporting terrorism or aimed at recruiting teens and young adults to make war-like attacks on American civilians.

Because the terror threats come from foreign sources (which may or may not be state supported, or which may arise from “failed states” unable to control religious extremism), the law could come to treat “possession” of recruitment materials as comparable to other criminal possessions (such as child pornography).  France has already tried to make even accessing a terror recruiting site a crime (like Rumiyah?)

It also brings up censorship and filtering issues like what we saw in the past with CDA and COPA.Like
 
Likewise, gutting net neutrality could stimulate a new debate on filtering, as telecommunications providers could try to offer “family” access that block many sites or that require whitelisting.

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