Last week’s events forced me to think of levels of acceptability and I was surprised how willing I am to accept things I wouldn’t normally have. Ideals that sound noble don’t matter so much. Where there’s life, there’s hope and the outcome of dirty bar fights rehashed and sides chosen sound ridiculous in the face of a coffin.
I want to agree with EFF. I usually do. But the internet is flexible and there are other ways to get on: the site already is up and running elsewhere without a hitch.
Some ideas are not worth spreading with ease.
The platforms, sure. But the underlying technology is accessible.
Hosting providers, including excellent ones with DDoS protections like Cloudflare are numerous. They’re huge, but not alone.
I’ll give another example: Facebook. It’s huge. Do they have to allow anything here? No. There are other websites.
With Cloudflare, are there other distributed DNS? Yes there are.
Can you run a website without a distributed DNS? Yes you can.
Can you run a website without DNS? Yes you can.
Can you get found online without Google? Yes you can.
The exception which I would hold FIRM to is basic traffic through the routers and IPs. If I found out somebody was spying on or manipulating the packets going through those systems, I would be outraged. The USA lost its privilege to do so when it was discovered they (my country) were spying, although it never should have been the domain of only one country.
I understand the principle EFF is standing behind but in this case it is misplaced.
It’s trivial to set up a server from your home computer to run a website.
It’s trivial to change the DNS to one with more open free speech policies than the ones that you internet service provider provides.
You don’t even need to use browser technology to send/receive information online. There are other servers you can run. There are peer2peer networks you can be a part of. The internet is extremely flexible even if its biggest most visible players are not.
The EFF, who I normally agree with, may cry and rage with the neonazi site having to change service providers under the banner of “Free Speech”, but I cannot.
It’s easy to move to somewhere else online. You may disagree with me. But I don’t want white supremacy in my neighborhood. They don’t represent me. They claim to represent me but they do not represent me.