Quebec's Plan to Block Online Gambling Called Censorship

Published Wednesday, October 07, 2015 -
Quebec's Plan to Block Online Gambling Called Censorship

The internet is undergoing massive changes with free access slowly being eroded by governments around the world. The reasons government creates legislation that blocks internet access can certainly vary from nation to nation but for the most part it is about protecting political values and the vulnerable from internet exploitation and harm.

Those reasons seem all well and good but when it comes to freedom on the net there are organizations that concentrate all their efforts on protecting the rights of the citizen to freely access the net. The Internet Society is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide standards for internet education, and policy.  Its mission statement is,  "to promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world".

Virginia USA headquartered with a satellite office in Geneva, Switzerland there are over 130 organizations and 55,000 people with more than 90 chapters in their membership ranks. The respected group has denounced the province of Quebec Canada`s proposal to force IP service providers to censor unauthorized online gambling operators.

Recently in Quebec’s 2015-16 budget plan tit was proposed that the Consumer Protection Act and gambling laws be changed and by introducing an “illegal website filtering measure.”. The Canadian branch of the Internet Society has formally warned in writing the Quebec government detailing the consequences of a move such as this.

Timothy Denton the Internet Society of Canada chair said Quebec’s plan was “expensive, it’s futile and it sets a bad precedent.” Mr. Denton, also said the proposal is, “a direct attack on the freedom of movement of thought” and “probably violates the trade and commerce clause in the constitution.”

The implementation of such measures will be slow in coming the spokesperson for Quebec’s finance minister, Nathalie Roberge said, there’s been “no development on this issue” and there was no timetable for the rolling out of the blocking plan.

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