ENDitorial: Turkish censorship – Swedish built, by royal appointmen

The level of political support in Sweden for blocking, for blocking
outside the rule of law and for the export of the filtering and blocking
services of the Swedish internet filtering company NetClean is quite
extraordinary.

Domestically, Sweden has a chaotic “voluntary” web blocking scheme,
whereby Internet providers block a range of websites on the basis of a
list generated by the police, with no judicial oversight. We are told by
Swedish companies that the list is updated every two to three weeks. As
data from hotlines indicate that such websites stay online for an
average of fewer than 12 days, this means that, most of the time, the
majority of the the sites on the list no longer exist. Of course, the
task is not – the task was never – to protect children. The task was to
make it look like somebody was doing something – and the promotion of
the commercial interests of a Swedish company was almost certainly a
coincidence.

When the Swedish European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia
Malmstroem took office, one of her first actions was to propose
mandatory web blocking in the EU. She presented no evidence to suggest
that the policy would be useful, she made no proposal for implementation
to make sure that it would be done efficiently, she did not even present
any analysis that would confirm that the approach would not damage child
protection. Blocking, at all costs, no questions asked. Child protection
is too important to demand effectiveness or evidence. The promotion of
the commercial interests of a Swedish company was almost certainly a
coincidence.

As early as 2005, even the Queen of Sweden was used by NetClean to sell
its products. NetClean is marketed (“through its amazing network of
contacts”) and financed by the “World Childhood Foundation” which was
launched by Queen Silvia in 2005. In June 2012, the Swedish Embassy in
Japan organised an event to discuss blocking in that country, together
with Christian Berg, NetClean’s CEO and Queen Silvia. The promotion of
the commercial interests of a Swedish company in this event… well,
this was not a coincidence.

With a new contract with Turkey, NetClean is entering the big leagues.
It has agreed a 40 million Euro contract for the filtering of Twitter
messages. The fact that Turkey has been condemned by the European Court
of Human Rights repeatedly for illegal internet blocking and filtering
appears to be completely unproblematic for NetClean or its high level
political backers in the Swedish or European hierarchies. The fact that,
following the example it has seen elsewhere, Turkey is abusing child
abuse as an excuse to impose blocking measures for broader issues
appears to be of no concern. Indeed, the European model is being copied
almost word for word – Neelie Kroes’ “Telecoms Single Market Regulation”
proposes ad hoc blocking/filtering by internet companies for undefined
“serious crime” “including” child pornography. Echoing Kroes’ proposal,
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet explained the filtering will be used to
automatically delete content “including child porn, ill-advised photos
or terrorist content”.

Despite all of the words that emanate from Sweden with regard to
internet freedom, perhaps this entire approach is consistent with stated
position of the country: “Sweden’s foreign policy proceeds clearly from
the values on which our own society is built and from our own interests.”

Sweden’s Foreign Policy
http://www.government.se/sb/d/7505

Turkey’s top soldier warns against social media as gov’t to purchase
software against illegal shares (30.05.2014)
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-top-soldier-warns-against-social-media-as-govt-to-purchase-software-against-illegal-shares.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67178&NewsCatID=341

Turkey: Landmark European Court Decision finds blanket Google ban was a
violation of freedom of expression (18.12.2012)
http://www.article19.org/resources.php/resource/3567/en/turkey:-landmark-european-court-decision-finds-blanket-google-ban-was-a-violation-of-freedom-of-expression

(Contribution by Joe McNamee, EDRi)

Source: http://edri.org/edri-gram/edri-gram-12-12-18-june-2014

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