Here is an interesting story published in Washington Post about the various kinds of online activities targeted by the Chinese censors. This made me wondering once again about the still live and kicking internet censorship law proposal in Israel and a more recent one that aims at creating a database of all communication transactions of the citizens (HE1, HE2, HE blog response). The official justification for establishing such database is fighting the crime and saving lives, which seems like a noble cause. However it is absolutely not clear what is the mechanism of controls eliminating potential abuse of such a system, not to say that it indicates a certain perception of the entire society as potential criminals being constantly watched. Why it isn’t a salient issue on public agenda?
Food for thought