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A secretive EU project is designed to close down the internet on demand

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A terrorist is someone who advocates terrorism. Terrorism is the use of violence and threats to intimidate. A bit like some of our police do all too often.

Anonymous has responded by urging the public to shoot the police – with their phones. “We ask you to videotape and record the police during their daily duties. If you see an officer issuing a parking ticket, record him. If you see an officer holding a victim at gun point, record him. If you see an officer harassing a fellow protester, record him.”

For this our governments define Anonymous as cyberterrorists. Have you ever thought that’s a bit over the top?

Well, the problem is that Anonymous – and especially Anonymous+WikiLeaks – is far more dangerous than a real-life terrorist. Terrorist bombs do not topple governments; but the truth does. You can shoot a man holding a bomb; you cannot (easily) shoot a man holding the truth. But if you label the man with the truth a terrorist, then you can shoot him. And if you label the truth terrorism, then you can hide it.

In Europe there is a secretive project called Clean IT, funded by the EU (that is, by us), but designed to be without political control. Its stated purpose is to prevent the terrorist use of the internet, and it is driven by law enforcement and security agencies. It says it wants to do this “without affecting our online freedom”. That’s what it says. A secret internal document leaked by EDRi says otherwise.

But before we look at the document, remember that as far as these law enforcement and security agencies are concerned, terrorist includes Anonymous. By extension, that includes anyone who supports Anonymous. And by extension, that means anyone of us who may have ever voiced support for or agreement with any Anonymous action. It’s a short hop to realise that this argument, the prevention of terrorism, can be used against anyone.

So, to the document. It is called Clean IT Project – detailed recommendations document for best practices and permanent dialogue. And it is headed, on every page, ‘confidential’ and ‘not for publication’:

Clean IT 1

Front page of the Clean IT Project confidential document

But we needn’t worry because the whole project is designed to prevent terrorism – just like RIPA, used by Moray Council in Scotland to monitor the ‘underage sale of tobacco’, is an anti-terrorist law. So how does Clean IT define terrorism? It doesn’t.

Clean IT 2

Let’s leave the definition open…

Is there any guidance? Well, yes there is…

Clean IT 3

If we don’t like it, you can’t have it…

Have a closer look at this. ‘Unwanted by local society’ even if it ‘is fully legal’ and ‘in line with terms and conditions of the relevant service provider’. And who is to decide whether it is unwanted by local society? Why, the LEAs and security agencies of course. The next section is reproduced in full. Look closely for any mention of the courts or court orders or legal process or legal redress. Look and weep for what they secretly want to do: the Clean IT project will be used against anyone and anything the authorities do not like.

Clean IT 4

And finally, what it’s all about.

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    October 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Very interesting document, but this isn’t close to being legal, its just a working group report.

    This is just a set of ideas that can be discussed. If something is really bad in there, then now is the time to discuss why, and find a solution that works!

    Its also not been written by a civil servant, the writing style is far simpler than that, and there is also no list of anyone who helped put it together. No indicator of which part of which government this is aimed at. Is it social, technical or to help form a directive? Usually, someone would take credit, but there is nothing!

    I would guess that this is a very simple RFC to try and build up a discussion and a funding stream to push things forward.

    Interestingly, it isn’t secret at all!
    http://www.cleanitproject.eu/documents/

    Finally, I notice how you have been quite subjective in your edited highlights – I guess we can all be scared of a bogey man if you point at the shadows and tell people its there! :)

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