Algeria, the 11th largest country in the world, is proposing to create a centralized system that monitors all Internet communications to counter terrorists, hackers and online piracy.
All Internet access in Algeria is already controlled by a proxy that blocks access to pornographic and ‘socially unacceptable’ content. This proposal is to create an additional layer that will be managed by a ‘filtration center’ to monitor information flow in and out of Algeria.
While counter-terrorism acts and anti-piracy laws are always great initiatives in theory, the freedom of speech and privacy of 4.1 million internet users are at stake here.
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