Pop up policemen to patrol the web

Could the form of website and blogger blocking in the story below happen here in the UK? Would the UK government filter the web to stop embarrassing or unwanted stories getting out? Another way for government to ignore the people.?

Read this, and then tell me Government sponsored censorship is not happening here. The Trawler Gaul.

As the site author Gadfly states in his comments section:
As far as I am aware, the Maritime & Coastguards Agency and its
parent: the Department for Transport have only recently introduced this
ban.
As I mentioned in my post, the Treasury Solicitor also
informed me, a while ago, of similar problems at his end which, I must
admit, I didn’t treat very seriously at the time.

The MCA
assured me last week that “there is no specific blocking of this
particular website” and stated that “like many other organisations” it
did not permit access to any sites categorised as ‘social networking’.

A blogspot site, it was also claimed, “falls into that definition
through its own self-categorisation”. (?!)
As such, Ian Dale’s
diary, Sandra Gidley’s blog etc. etc., all hosted by Blogger, can no
longer be viewed. Blogs published on different systems are, however,
still accessible.

Anyway, I don’t think that the way these
institutions filter web content is decided by their respective IT
departments, but by policy makers higher up the hierarchy scale.

Finally,
the fact that this ban may not be generalised is hardly any
consolation: if some parts of the government can do it, it may soon
become the norm. (After all, one would expect consistent IT policies
across government departments.)

The UK Government is blocking bloggers, so its a bit rich for them to berate the Chinese when they doing the same thing themselves.

Now this, spotted in an Australian newspaper.

Police in China's capital said they will start patrolling the
web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user's browser
and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away
from illegal internet content.

Starting September 1, the cartoon alerts will appear every half
hour on 13 of China's top portals, including Sohu and Sina, and by
the end of the year will appear on all websites registered with
Beijing servers, the Beijing Public Security Ministry said in a
statement today.

China stringently polices the internet for material and content
that the ruling Communist Party finds politically or morally
threatening.

Despite the controls, nudity, profanity, illegal gambling and
pirated music, books and film have proliferated on Chinese internet
servers.

The animated police appeared designed to startle web surfers and
remind them that authorities closely monitor web activity.

However, the statement did not say whether there were plans to
boost monitoring further.

The male and female cartoon officers, designed for the ministry
by Sohu, will offer a text warning to surfers to abide by the law
and tips on internet security as they move across the screen in a
virtual car, motorcycle or on foot, it said.

If internet users need police help they can click on the cartoon
images and will be redirected to the authority's website, it
said.

“We will continue to promote new images of the virtual police
and update our internet security tips in an effort to make the
image of the virtual police more user friendly and more in tune
with how web surfers use the internet,” it said.

China has the world's second-largest population of internet
users, with 137 million people online, and is on track to surpass
the United States as the largest online population in two
years.

The government routinely blocks surfers from accessing overseas
sites and closes down domestic websites deemed obscene or
subversive.

(source)

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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