Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cutting out our tongues

The government has released its proposed replacement for the hated s92A. Its better than the original, in that it provides for some judicial oversight - but it still has disconnection from the internet as a penalty.

That may not sound like much to old politicians - but we live in the 21st century. The internet is now a pervasive part of people's lives, and an essential means of participating in society. It is used for everything from staying in touch with friends and family to work to shopping to political organising to paying your bills and taxes. Without it, I wouldn't be able to do any of those things. Or write this blog.

In a modern, wired society, disconnection amounts to an active denial of citizenship. Its the same as cutting out our tongues. And that is not the sort of punishment any civilised society should be handing out. It should be voted down - and the corporate cronies who proposed it voted out.