Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.
Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works.
“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”
Senior Tories confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the phrasing indicates that the government intends to introduce huge restrictions on what people can post, share and publish online.
The plans will allow Britain to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet”, the manifesto claims.
It comes just soon after the Investigatory Powers Act came into law. That legislation allowed the government to force internet companies to keep records on their customers’ browsing histories, as well as giving ministers the power to break apps like WhatsApp so that messages can be read.
The manifesto makes reference to those increased powers, saying that the government will work even harder to ensure there is no “safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online”. That is apparently a reference in part to its work to encourage technology companies to build backdoors into their encrypted messaging services – which gives the government the ability to read terrorists’ messages, but also weakens the security of everyone else’s messages, technology companies have warned.
If the government can stop terrorists communicating online, it can stop anyone else too. Such as people who dislike its policies or, say, question its theory about what causes global warming.
So far this century the excuse of terrorism has been used to curtail traditional rights and freedoms that make us harder to govern by the elite. Meanwhile the elite allow ever more Muslims into our society, and almost all the terrorists are Muslim. It’s hard not to be suspicious.
Reader Philip Barton:
If that is really true, it could change the dynamics of the forthcoming UK election. Corbyn could receive a large protest vote — in the comforting belief that he still won’t win. PM May may just have blown her assumed huge majority. That is good, because some of the stuff that she has been spouting on the campaign trail is as far from conservatism as is Malcolm Turnbull.