The Prime Minister is keen to limit your rights to access and use the internet even further. According to the BBC news, he has promised to introduce a 'comprehensive' piece of legislation to close 'safe spaces' used by terrorists. There should be no method of communication that the security services cannot read apparently. This would include Whatsapp, Snapchat, iMessage and Facetime; you know, the kind of thing that many of us use on a daily basis.
This is of course in response to the terrorist attacks that happened last week in France - the insanity of a situation in which he wants to stand up and be counted for the freedom of speech in one country is matched only by his enthusiasm to reduce yours. Now, short of banning these products (which is virtually impossible anyway), he's actually calling for the ability to put a backdoor into them, so that the security services can take a peek at anything they wish, according to Cory Doctorow. Now, if there is such a back door, it's not going to be long before terrorists, or more likely crooks, are going to find a way to get into it; certainly if they know such a thing exists it's only going to be a matter of time, and I would be surprised if it's more than 24 hours, before it's broken. So rather than keep you safer, it's actually going to make your world a lot more dangerous.
Clearly you're not going to be impressed about this, so you're going to want to install safe software, which means downloading it from somewhere like the United States. This therefore means that the government is going to have to block that access as well. It's the kind of thing that various repressive dictatorships try and do - and they haven't managed it either. While he's at it, it's going to make sense to ensure that search engines can't provide you with the information that you need in order to get around these restrictions, so your freedom to search, your freedom to choose what you look at, and even your freedom to even be in a position to consider alternatives is going to be drastically reduced. All in the name of freedom somehow.
What if certain organisations like Facebook or Google are not interested in restricting your freedom in that way? The government is already attacking both organisations, and this will only continue. Does this mean that you won't be able to access Facebook, because the government can't properly track you? And what about your smartphone? All those useful apps that you use to chat to friends and family will either be banned, or can be tapped into at any point by *anyone* with the skill to do it. What about the people from abroad who bring in their smartphones - are they going to have to delete apps at the border, or surrender their phones until they leave?
Are developers going to have to submit their code to the security services to be checked and passed as acceptable for people to use? How is that going to help small companies or individuals who want to innovate and introduce new functionality. How is that going to help Britain led the world?
Cameron is clueless - what's more, he's dangerously clueless. His attempts to bully ISPs into blocking pornography have not worked, as we knew they wouldn't. If he does get into power at the next election I am really worried about our freedom; the freedom that he was so keen to support abroad, and so enthusiastic to kill at home.