“We Want a Chinese Firewall Too”

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“An motion prepare for a digital cloud”

A policy paper for the European Parliament calls on Europe to establish a “European Internet” that “like the Chinese firewall… would block off products and services that condone or aid illegal conduct from third social gathering international locations.”

The startlingly intolerant and clumsy proposal will come in a paper [pdf] penned by Hamburg-based mostly consultancy Upcoming Sweet for the Coverage Division for Financial, Scientific and High quality of Existence Procedures at the ask for of the committee on the Inside Industry and Purchaser Protection (remain with us).

It recommends actions for the parliament ahead of the Digital Expert services Act (DSA) proposed legislation meant to “reinforce the one industry for digital services”. (In small, the DSA requires intention at the dominance of “large online platforms acting as gatekeepers”. Study much more about it right here).

The paper was printed in Might and spotted this week by Cloudflare’s head of policy, who Tweeted the proposal with a “wow”. (A consultation on the DSA is open right until 8 September 2020. Our audience can share their sights right here.)

A European Firewall, A European Cloud

The paper also calls for a European “digital cloud” [sic].

“The EU should really include an motion prepare for a digital cloud – a European Web – in the DSA”, the policy paper implies to the Parliament.

“This European Cloud would foster a European digital ecosystem based mostly on information and innovation. It would drive level of competition and established expectations.

“Foreign world-wide-web products and services could turn into aspect of these types of a digital ecosystem but have to adhere to the guidelines and expectations of the EU – these types of as democratic values, information defense, information accessibility, transparency and consumer-friendliness.

“Technologically”, the policy paper says vaguely, “it would have to have a best-level infrastructure, superior-speed 5G or a 6G information community and a firewall.

“Like the Chinese firewall, this European world-wide-web would block off products and services that condone or aid illegal conduct from third social gathering international locations.”

As the FT’s Beijing correspondent Yuan Yang puts it, China operates “the world’s most advanced censorship and surveillance system…

“The Excellent Firewall blocks site names, misdirects visitors and can even shut off encrypted communications by figuring out to what kind of service the consumer is trying to join.”

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