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According to Brit Dee over at Activist Post:
At a time when governments are working hard to stifle internet freedoms – just today, the British government was given the green light to implement the draconian Digital Economy Bill and start implementing sanctions on alleged illegal downloaders — LulzSec‘s and Anonymous‘ attacks provide the authorities with the perfect justification for such laws, as well as the excuse to push through even more restrictive internet legislation.
Ms. Dee went on to foretell one possible ominous future:
This could create a classic “problem-reaction-solution” situation, where the public reacts to the seemingly chaotic and threateningly anonymous hacking groups by accepting a government solution they may previously have resisted — stricter regulation of the Internet. It would be grimly ironic if groups proclaiming to fight for internet freedoms were in reality being used as a tool — infiltrated and steered by the very intelligence agencies they have apparently attacked — to kill those very freedoms.
Only time will tell if Ms. Dee’s assertions are correct. Nevertheless, I can think I two appropriate quotes to leave you with:
The easiest way to get a law passed quickly is by scaring old people — (anonymous)
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. — Benjamin Franklin (1755)