Great Britain has been the focal point of the global war on terror in 2017, with two horrific attacks taking place within just days of each other.
This has led to some intense soul searching among the British people and their governing politicians. On the minds of these frightened and despondent people are enormously heavy subjects for the European nation, including a reexamination of their strict gun control laws, flimsy border control systems, and the freedom of their internet to promote terror.
While immediately reactionary calls for sweeping changes are hardly ever a prudent move, given the intense emotional tampering of logic in the aftermath of horrid affairs such as this, that hasn’t stopped Prime Minister Theresa May from calling for a new set of regulations to govern the internet. This move, however, would not come without significant baggage in the form of state-sponsored censorship and unwieldy governmental power.
New international agreements should be introduced to regulate the internet in the light of the London Bridge terror attack, Theresa May has said.
“The Prime Minister said introducing new rules for cyberspace would ‘deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online’ and that technology firms were not currently doing enough.
“The Prime Minister made the comments outside Downing Street on Sunday morning in the aftermath of the van and knife attack that saw seven people killed and dozens injured.
“’We need to work with allies democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.'”
The world certainly understands that there is a need for action to curb international terrorism, but it is highly unlikely that accruing more power for any nation’s federal government will be the solution.
In all honesty, what May is suggesting is a possible punishment against the people of Britain for the actions of a few terrorists who invoked the name of “Allah” during their spree of attacks. By allowing the government the unwieldy and ill-conceived ability to regulate the internet as a whole, we are sacrificing great freedoms that mark the cornerstone of modern society. Meanwhile, the terrorists will have easier targets with less information, all thanks to the shutting down of whatever portion of the internet that the government wishes.