Global Internet Censorship: Lockdown Begins in Canada

On May 15th, 2019, leaders from around the world met in Paris, France, to discuss how they planned to collaborate with tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook to ruthlessly censor the Internet. Many world leaders, including Justin Trudeau, signed something called the 'Christchurch Call to Action', pledging to "eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online". By using a very liberal interpretation of "terrorist and violent extremist content", they intend to crush all online content that contradicts their agenda. 

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The same day that he signed the 'Christchurch Call to Action,' Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian government was about to unveil something called the 'Digital Charter'. He promised that the government would begin policing the Internet for both "hate speech" and "misinformation", stating that Canadians expect the government to protect them from false information and "bullying" online. 

It is pretty clear what they intend to do. They intend to eviscerate the free Internet, the greatest tool for sharing knowledge ever devised by man, and replace it with what essentially amounts to Television 2.0; a Safe Space walled garden playpen for the lobotomized citizens of the emerging globalist dystopia, populated only with cursed memes and government vetted Truth™. 

Proposed Censorship Strategies

Initially, the way they intend to accomplish this was not readily apparent. Trudeau was sparse on details, besides alluding to backroom deals being made with tech oligarchs such as Mark Zuckerberg, and promising to manifest "meaningful financial consequences" for online platforms that refuse to (or cannot) comply with censorship requests. But since then, a Parliamentary committee called the 'Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights' has held some meetings in Parliament to discuss the various options they have at their disposal to eradicate "online hate".

They are probably going to pursue censorship through two primary means: Removal or blocking of online content, and fines and potentially criminal charges for Canadian citizens found to be spreading "misinformation" and/or "hate". 

Their first line of defense against online content the government deems to be unacceptable will be to contact the online platform (e.g. a website) that is hosting the content, and demand that the content be censored. In Parliament, 24-48 hours was presented as a reasonable time frame in which an online platform has the opportunity to remove the offending content before facing any consequences, after which time fines as high as $25,000 per view were suggested. Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault stated in Parliament: "What if we held the platforms accountable for every time they posted something hateful online; for every view, $25,000 fine. Don't you think they would move quickly? ... If we could have heavy fines to the ISPs." (Note that Boissonnault referred both to platforms and ISPs.) 

The reality is that if a web company does not have a business presence in Canada, then it will be difficult if not impossible for the Canadian government to levy fines against them. The solution proposed for this dilemma is to instead forward the request for content censorship to Canadian ISPs (Internet Service Providers). ISPs would then be required by law to block web pages, or perhaps even entire websites or IP addresses, so as to prevent the online content from being viewable by their customers. Presumably, the ISPs would be asked to do this under threat of massive fines. 

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Large tech companies like Google that own huge online platforms such as YouTube will be cooperating at a high level with the Canadian government to ensure their platforms are not blocked in Canada. Instead, what they will likely implement is a special feature, accessible to some government agency tasked with evaluating online content, that allows videos and other content to be reported as illegal. Once reported, the content will then become inaccessible from any Internet connection in Canada. In the case of videos, a message along the lines of "This video is not available in your country" will probably be displayed instead (YouTube already blocks videos on demand in the European Union in this manner). 

Smaller web platforms that, after receiving an email from the Canadian government, refuse to outright delete content, or are perhaps incapable of blocking content delivery exclusively to Canadian Internet connections, will simply have their entire websites blocked by Canadian ISPs. 

It is not difficult to see how such an aggressive strategy for censoring the Internet, coupled with loose definitions of "hate" and "misinformation", would soon leave huge swaths of the Internet totally inaccessible to Canadian citizens. 

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