This week the French legislature published a decree that will force ISPs to block websites that incite or advocate acts of terrorism, as well as sites that have pedophilia-related content on them.
The decree had been in the works since July, though it was only published in France’s Official Journal this week. The rules take effect in the context of the recent Charlie Hebdo killings, when terrorists gunned down a number of employees and bystanders at the offices of the satirical magazine. Since the attack in early January, leaders in the European Union and beyond have called for stricter measures to allow monitoring of the Internet—from UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s misguided call for backdoors in encrypted messaging services, to the revivification of a “terrorist site reporting” scheme proposed by EU officials.
France’s Decree No. 2015-125 was signed by president François Hollande and prime minister Manuel Valls. Although similar measures have been proposed since 2010, previous versions had thus far been shot down.
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