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In Ger­ma­ny, Inter­net users and civil liber­ties groups are fight­ing pro­po­sed legis­la­ti­on man­da­ting a natio­nal cen­sor­ship system. The Bun­des­tag votes today on a bill aut­ho­ri­zing Ger­man poli­ce to estab­lish and main­tain a list of Web sites that Inter­net ser­vice pro­vi­ders would be requi­red to block. In a peti­ti­on against the bill, Ger­man civil liber­ties groups call it "untrans­pa­rent and uncon­troll­ab­le, sin­ce the 'block lists' can­not be inspec­ted, nor are the cri­te­ria for put­ting a Web site on the list pro­per­ly defi­ned." The­se con­cerns aren't unfoun­ded: Some Ger­man poli­ti­ci­ans have alrea­dy sug­ge­sted exten­ding the block list to Isla­mist Web sites, video games and gamb­ling Web sites, while book publishers have sug­ge­sted it would also be nice to block file-sharing sites too .. if tech­ni­cal cen­sor­ship systems are to be put in place, they must be suf­fi­ci­ent­ly trans­pa­rent and accoun­ta­ble so that they do not beco­me opa­que exten­si­ons of incum­bent power -- or get hijacked by poli­ti­cal­ly influ­en­ti­al inte­rest groups without the public kno­wing exact­ly what is going on .. "

[Zitat: Wall­Street­Jour­nal]
Nichts von alle­dem (Trans­pa­renz, Ver­ant­wort­lich­keit, Kri­te­ri­en für eine Sper­re) ent­hält das “Zugangs­er­schwe­rungs­ge­setz” (ZugEr­schwG) - es ist ein Gesetz das ZENSUR ermög­li­chen soll. Nicht mehr, aber auch nicht weni­ger.