Keep an Non-Government Controlled Internet for the UK.
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The UK should be allowed to have an internet which is NOT controlled by the government. We shouldn't need to let our privacy disappear because the government wants to.
If you're here, you've used the internet. Think of the previous thing you did online before coming here. Now, what would happen if that thing was restricted or manipulated to the government's needs? Would you enjoy the changes?
The answer is probably no. But this could happen. If Theresa May's party is re-elected on the 8th of June, one thing that will be put in place is an internet controlled by the government. What will happen is;
- Freedom of Speech will be disallowed. This means that the government can change or delete whatever you say or post on the internet.
- Specific sites will be hard to access.
- Anything that was posted under the age of 18 will be deleted.
- Only news articles that are approved by the government will be allowed.
And I'll be honest, Britain becoming "the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet" is not what I had in mind when Theresa May wanted "a country that works for everyone".
Even if there won't be a "safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online", what about all the people who have done nothing wrong. You know, like me and you. We should need to be able to keep all of our personal lives, personal. And think about what would happen if the government, with all of our private data, got hacked. Think it's unlikely? Ok, so what happened to the NSA? Didn't their 'tools' get stolen and given to the public, so we have to deal with issues like Ransomware going on the loose (WannaCry). Exactly. Now think that the government can handle all of our data?
"We will put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm,". So, the government is going to disallow our ability to see both sides of the story? No offense, but I thought we don't want to live in a restricted place. Again, saying "a country that works for everyone" isn't correct, because by everyone, that includes us, and if some of us don't agree with what is happening, then the quote above, is not followed. Additionally, there's a line between protecting a person, and over exaggerating.
I want to talk a bit more about content uploaded under 18 will be deleted. The Independent says that 'The laws would also force technology companies to delete anything that a person posted when they were under 18.' (Read their article here). If I understand correctly, this means that these things will be deleted, if this law is put into action (I'm using my things as a reference);
- Childhood Memories. I was on Facebook under the age of 18 (over 13 of course). With my class (Year 6), we went to Paris. My friends uploaded pictures they had took, and it gives me memories of my friends. Sadly, I don't see most of my friends any more. So, that now has to be removed? My memories? My friends? Well, if this 'new internet' is created, it'll prove that protecting a child is apparently now more important than that child's sanity. I would be upset to see what reminds me of my friends disappear.
- Old Videos. I upload to YouTube. In fact, I have since about I was 10. I have put a lot of effort into what I create (sometimes) and now I've been streaming fairly often. Does my content have to be removed? Does there have to be a gap in when my channel was created and my now to be first video? The restricted internet will cause this to happen.
- Anything else personal. I don't want to specify more here.
This may not affect a quantity of people, but it will affect a few people. A lot of my things would be deleted, and if some of you are young enough, some of your things would be deleted too, depending how strict the rule is. Wouldn't this devastate you and the people around you?
By supporting this petition, you'll give everyone in the UK a chance to keep their privacy on the internet. You'll be able to make sure that the public knows about what is actually going on.
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