the UN now wants to tell governments of the world how to censor the internet. I wish I was kidding.
From the Washington Post:
On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.
But the United Nations then goes on to propose radical, proactive policy changes for both governments and social networks, effectively projecting a whole new vision for how the Internet could work.
Under U.S. law — the law that, not coincidentally, governs most of the world’s largest online platforms — intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook generally can’t be held responsible for what people do on them. But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only “license” those who agree to do so.
Never heard of “cyber VAWG.” It’s actually impossible to be physically violent online. I have the suspicion that “cyber VAWG” simply means threats and insults, and maybe even just bad or ‘violent’ language.
It’s an attempt to transform the Web from a libertarian free-for-all to some kind of enforced social commons.
Why are all these people so darn controlling? They’re always trying to stop people doing things. Yesterday it was Kerry McCarthy wanting to stop people eating meat (as well as stop them smoking and drinking). Now we have the UN looking to censor the internet.
I don’t want to control people. I don’t want to chain them and bind them. I want to set people free.
Why don’t they? What is it they so hate about freedom?
On the night of a Super Blood Moon, here’s an image from my 3D orbital simulation model. It shows the view at 1:02 GMT – about two hours from right now – of the Earth as seen from the Moon, with the Sun behind it just touching its horizon at the start of the eclipse of the Moon.
And here’s the Sun emerging from behind the Earth a few hours later, at 5:13 GMT.
Since my view is from the centre of the Moon, the eclipse actually lasts a bit longer.
The sky in the UK seems to be clear tonight, so maybe I’ll get a good view.
P.S. The sky remained clear, and I got a great view of the eclipse, with the shadow of the Earth creeping slowly across the face of the Moon until it was completely blotted out, leaving only a dull red ball in the night sky (from light refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere?). And my simulation model is a bit inaccurate, and recorded that the eclipse started 20 minutes later than it actually did, because I’d used planetary positions at the start of August, and computed their subsequent positions 2 months later.