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Filthy Internet To Become `Cleanternet'?

European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom wants to ban all the filth that makes the Internet fun, but a counter-campaign is trying hard to slow her roll.

European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom wants to ban all the filth that makes the Internet fun, but a counter-campaign is trying hard to slow her roll.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 17:28 GMT

COLON, Germany (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – All of the filth that makes the Internet fun may soon be long gone.

European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is currently campaigning to introduce a website blocking system throughout Europe that removes all dirty or unsafe pages from the web.

However, that may violate a little thing called freedom of expression according to Alex Lehmann, who created the “Cleanternet” campaign as a way to make fun of Malmstrom’s efforts.

Lehmann says that at first glance, the blocking campaign “seems like a good thing because of child pornography,” but presents an issue of democratic rights.

He adds, “If we want freedom of speech, we have to accept that there are some things we won’t want to see. But you don’t have to unless you actively search for it.”

Since Malstrom is convincing web novices that the Internet is a “dirty place,” Lehmann hopes visiting Cleanternet.org will at least sway a few minds.

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