@sebmeineck Of course, Congress could just pass a privacy law.

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I suppose since the British government is at great risk of becoming puritanical fascists (if they're not already), as evidenced by the above meeting, I should repost my "porn isn't bad" science / knowledge pack* for .

* qoto.org/@olives/1118889463563

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theguardian.com/commentisfree/ Cannabis is not the only unjust law I would like to see struck from British law, but yes, legalizing that would be good.

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@olives@qoto.org @mmasnick@mastodon.social It's about control. It has very little to actually do with porn and everything to do with undermining the open internet.

techdirt.com/2024/02/28/justin As @mmasnick points out here, it's certainly a concerning one.

I haven't looked too deeply into it, but what I've seen so far doesn't bode well for free expression (or privacy). Even more chilling seeing other's opinions of it.

It also feels disproportionate compared to what it is they're likely looking to deal with.

ccla.org/press-release/ccla-ur
"This is a massive bill that we need to examine in greater detail. Our preliminary read raises several serious concerns. While the CCLA endorses the declared purposes of upholding public safety, protecting children, and supporting marginalized communities, our initial assessment reveals that the bill includes overbroad violations of expressive freedom, privacy, protest rights, and liberty."

Canadian Civil Liberties Association comments on why the new bill is bad.

@freemo This has the vibes of one of those factory games which is kind of cool.

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@olives@qoto.org I think that we have one batshit crazy evil political party and one party who only classically evil, and one of thd things they have always agreed on is the protection of their shared power at all cost... including your fundamental rights.

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@olives I highly agree with the point of censorship. I'm Chinese, and I hate censorship. It's useless and harmful, especially to those children who don't know why people are talking in that way (to bypass the censorship) and think censorship is normal in life.

I suggest everyone who asks for censorship to move to China. That's what they deserve.

Watching Russia reminds me a lot of watching Game of Thrones, and not in a good way.

eff.org/deeplinks/2024/02/eff-

"EFF recently filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit urging the court to reverse a lower court decision upholding a State Department rule that forces visa applicants to the United States to disclose their social media identifiers as part of the application process. If upheld, the district court ruling has severe implications for free speech and privacy not just for visa applicants, but also the people in their social media networks—millions, if not billions of people, given that the “Disclosure Requirement” applies to 14.7 million visa applicants annually."

While they correctly note that correlation does not imply causation (for instance, it is likely there is a third factor at play, perhaps a psychological one), there actually is a study which contradicts "criminals using more porn": link.springer.com/article/10.1

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woodhullfoundation.org/porn-do Interesting article with the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.

As a nit though, I have to point out, that if something involves a "taboo", then there's a good chance that that also got coded as "violence" by this methodology (even though that is not typically what comes to mind when someone says something is "violent"). That is what critics often point out. This is mainly for #3.

Well, these "I hate porn" people are extremely disingenuous, they're often (perhaps, paranoidly) pulling things out of their asses, or misrepresenting science... a lot... (more uncommonly) to try to come to a censorious position.

Also, censorship is about the most harmful thing that could be done, and it's not useful, and that is what they're about. They're not even remotely reasonable.

I don't really want to talk about specific people there, unless I have to. They're not worth it.

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I see a "I work at Facebook. Please pass a very specific regulation which we can more readily comply with, but which would regulate my smaller competitors to death." take.

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freespeechcoalition.com/blog/f The Free Speech Coalition (no, not the one you are thinking of, the other one) meets puritanical anti-porn Tory appointee* who wants to censor porn in the .

* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriell

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A new report, in collaboration with Corporate Watch UK, outlines how Capita is paid millions of taxpayers’ ££ on cruel contracts for the UK Home Office.

From GPS tagging of refugees to social listening tools for UK police to spy on activists - their reach is in every part of British life.

Read the report: corporatewatch.org/capita2024

"DeFascist" I didn't know about that nickname.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/ Cannabis is not the only unjust law I would like to see struck from British law, but yes, legalizing that would be good.

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