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Alarm over EU ‘Great Firewall’ proposal

In Big Brother, Europe News, Tech on June 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

By Christopher Williams

Anti-censorship campaigners compared the plan to China’s notorious system for controlling citizens’ access to blogs, news websites and social networking services.

The proposal emerged an obscure meeting of the Council of the European Union’s Law Enforcement Work Party (LEWP), a forum for cooperation on issues such as counter terrorism, customs and fraud.

“The Presidency of the LEWP presented its intention to propose concrete measures towards creating a single secure European cyberspace,” according to brief minutes of the meeting.

The secure European cyberspace would have a “virtual Schengen border”, it adds, referring to the treaty that allows freedom of movement within the EU but imposes controls on entry to the bloc.

There would also be “virtual access points” whereby “the Internet Service Providers would block illicit contents on the basis of the EU ‘black-list’”, the proposal…

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