By Michael Heaever
The Council of Europe has been discussing plans since February for the EU to have a “single secure cyberspace”, with all “illicit content” from outside the EU being blocked in a system not dissimilar to the way that the Chinese control web content.
An effective EU blacklist would surely raise massive questions as to the freedom of the individual to access legal content.
It is also doubtful that such a system could ever be effective, given the relative ease with which sites can change ISPs. If such a system were set up, it would require huge resources to be effective.
Of greater concern however is the EU’s focus of controlling what the public can access in the first place. It is yet another example of a European Union which seeks to worryingly meddle in what the citizens of 27 countries have the freedom to do, looking for inspiration from China of all places.