July 11th, 2005, 12:18 PM #1
Canada signs protocol to fight 'cyberhate'
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Canada became the first non-European country Friday to sign up to combat "cyberhate," the online dissemination of xenophobic propaganda.
Canada signed an additional protocol to the international cybercrime convention, drafted in 2001 by the Council of Europe.
Signed by several dozen countries, including Canada, the United States, South Africa and Japan, the convention names four types of cybercrime: confidentiality offenses, notably breaking into computers; fraud and forgery; content violations, such as child pornography and racism; and copyright offenses.
The treaty aims to speed up international cooperation in investigations and extraditions.
The additional protocol widens the scope of the convention to combat xenophobic propaganda and calls on countries to criminalize its distribution via computer as well as Internet sites that deny or approve of genocide and crimes against humanity.
The cybercrime convention constitutes a basis for Canada's law criminalizing racist hatred on the Internet, said Canada's Justice Minister Irwin Cotler after signing the additional protocol.
"No one country alone can combat racist hate, particularly cyberhate," Cotler said. "This is an anonymous, borderless, faceless crime. We've gone from five hate sites on the Internet in 1995 to 5,000 in 2005. These are horrific sites. They're used for purposes of recruitment. They particularly target the young. It is predatory hate of the worst kind."
Cotler said international treaties facilitating extradition and prosecution of perpetrators of hate crimes on the Internet are particularly important in the light of Thursday's deadly attacks on public transport in London.
"We believe that incitement to hatred is the most proximate cause of terrorism itself. Therefore, if you're combating incitement to hatred, you're combating terrorism," he said.
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July 11th, 2005, 12:20 PM #2
Its ah-boot time
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July 11th, 2005, 12:21 PM #3Originally Posted by Bizkitkid2001
July 11th, 2005, 12:22 PM #4Originally Posted by doddsy
July 11th, 2005, 12:39 PM #5
*sigh*... I'm going to poop on ALL of your heads.
July 11th, 2005, 12:44 PM #6content violations, such as child pornography and racism;
July 11th, 2005, 12:46 PM #7
*sigh*.. Can't we ever have a thread without you bringing conflict into it?
I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO GET ALONG!
July 11th, 2005, 12:47 PM #8
What conflict? I'm simply expressing my disgust at a law that limits my personal freedoms. It's not like I'm arguing with anyone. Sheesh! Lighten up, little B.
July 11th, 2005, 12:47 PM #9Originally Posted by Whir
July 11th, 2005, 12:48 PM #10
July 11th, 2005, 12:49 PM #11Originally Posted by zen
July 11th, 2005, 12:51 PM #12Originally Posted by zen
July 11th, 2005, 01:00 PM #13Signed by several dozen countries, including Canada, the United States, South Africa and Japan, the convention names four types of cybercrime: confidentiality offenses, notably breaking into computers; fraud and forgery; content violations, such as child pornography and racism; and copyright offenses.
Racism is different from the rest of them. Everything up there is a direct crime against someone with the exeption of racism. Controlling racism is the stuff of thought police.
Other than feelings, no one is hurt by the racist joke website. If the racism goes beyond thoughts and feelings to somesort of criminal action than go after the clowns. But simply typing how I might feel about group A or what I thing Group C is doing wrong does not constitute harm AFAIAC. When they start saying lets blow them up or lets kill them then you have something serious of note.
So tossing that up there with a laundry list of good plans designed to improve real proven direct crimes is wrong.
Stealing identity, fraud... should be addressed. peoples own bigotry and hatred is their problem until they start going beyond talking.
oops just noticed content violations. I am not too sure about that one either but I believe that you should probably honor content agreements under which you publish your account.
July 11th, 2005, 01:06 PM #14
Were there any deaths reported at the signing?
July 11th, 2005, 01:08 PM #15
Agreed Epi. The line between bigotry/prejudice and racism is determined by actions. Racism is/was extremist until the thought police lowered the bar of definition to include bigotry and ignorance. Under current definition, the fictional TV character Archie Bunker is a flaming white-hooded racist.
July 11th, 2005, 01:14 PM #16Originally Posted by Toadman
July 11th, 2005, 01:26 PM #17
Well Out, personally I consider white hooded racist to go a bit farther than Archie Bunker. I usually consider (perhaps wrongly) the white hooded crowd to be the action arm of racism.
Archie Bunker was just a moron but he was harmless and still generally a good human being who happened to not trust or like a particular race or two based upon experience, misinformation, upbringing, and misinterperetation. Should he be made a criminal for speaking his junk. Nahhh!
July 11th, 2005, 01:31 PM #18
If Archie were broke down on the side of the road and two cars stop to help him, one with a KKK member dressed in full sheet and hood and one with a black dude, who do you think he'd go to for help first?
July 11th, 2005, 01:36 PM #19
Well he seemed to get along with lionel in the show so I would guess if he were broke down he would take help from a black dude. If presented with the choice, hmmmmm, I guess the KKK dude. But prejudice would presuppose that the white guy would be a safer bet and would mean him no ill will.
July 11th, 2005, 01:39 PM #20
It's a trick question. Archie had a AAA card.
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