Das unbekannte Versprechen der Freiheit des Internets

MELBOURNE: Google hat sich mit der Begründung aus China zurückgezogen, es sei nicht länger bereit, seine Suchmaschine so zu konzipieren, dass diese Informationen blockiert, von denen die chinesische Regierung nicht will, dass ihre Bürger sie haben. In den freiheitlichen Demokratien überall auf Welt ist diese Entscheidung im Allgemeinen mit Begeisterung aufgenommen worden.

In einer dieser freiheitlichen Demokratien allerdings, nämlich Australien, hat die Regierung kürzlich erklärt, sie würde ein Gesetz erlassen, um den Zugriff auf bestimmte Websites zu blockieren. Die verbotenen Materialien umfassen Kinderpornografie, Unzucht mit Tieren, Inzest, drastische, „wirkungsstarke“ Bilder von Gewalthandlungen, alles, was Verbrechen oder Gewalt fördert oder dazu anleitet, detaillierte Beschreibungen der Verwendung illegaler Drogen und Anleitungen zum Suizid auf Websites, die das Recht todkranker oder unheilbar kranker Menschen, zu sterben, unterstützen.

Eine Umfrage unter den Lesern des Sydney Morning Herald ergab, dass 96% der Teilnehmer die vorgeschlagenen Maßnahmen ablehnten und nur 2% sie befürworteten. An der Umfrage beteiligten sich mehr Leser als an jeder bisherigen auf der Website der Zeitung gezeigten Umfrage, und das Ergebnis ist das bisher einseitigste überhaupt.

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