NO! Hugo Chavez is going down the line of filtering Venezuela’s internet! The parliament has passed the law on filtering any messages which have incement or hateful material (politically or religious).
This seems like a fabulous idea at first, but it is the opposite. Developing countries like Venezuela need freedom of access to all information on the internet. Chavez states that:
“We aren’t eliminating the internet here, or censoring it.What we’re doing is protecting ourselves against crimes, against cybercrimes,”
Now Chavez, I’m a fan, but WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
Fighting Cybercrime. Chavez Style.
I understand his fear that the general opinion of him on the internet is pretty low, but this is not what the country needs. Look at North Korea and China! Clearly someone needs to get their internet know-how on. I mean, of course he’s going to get slated in Youtube comments or god forbid, Daily Mail comments. And of course, his people will see all the mental stuff that he supposedly done but didn’t. (You know, cause the papers keep lying about him). But really, it will NOT be detrimental to his country’s socialist development if they can access the whole internet, because everyone knows that the key to socialism is free education, freedom of information, and a platform to express yourself. The Internet can easily facilitate that.
Wide access to the Internet will vastly aid primary, secondary and tertiary education for the whole country. Children can play and learn, while adults use it as a tool to their careers. The Internet makes it easier to organise movements and action, while it also acts as a place for people to put out ideas and get a sort of ‘rough copy’ of the reaction they’ll get in real life.
Yes, when it comes to Internet security, you are always at risk, but that is a thing that can only be solved by education folk. Not shutting them away from the rest of the world. Yes, you are almost always being watched by the various governments, but there isn’t any clean cut way around that. Personal vigilance will help though, but no one can learn this if they don’t have any access to this type of material.
So what I’m saying is, that’s a huge FAIL from Chavez. I’m disappointed.