Ed Vaizey, the UK minister in charge of Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has suggested in the house of commons that internet service providers come up with a "mediation service" that would allow them to censor content on the web.
This, according to a report on ISPreview, would be done without court action and can be initiated simply by a complaint from a member of the public.
The service, the minister expects, will allow content online to be removed if deemed inaccurate, infringing on privacy and/or (possibly) on copyright and Ed Vaizey said that he will contact ISPs and major websites like Facebook or Google to discuss the finer details.
The first problem that such a system will encounter is what constitute the absolute truth; moderators at Wikipedia knows this issue all too well.
Will atheists attack religious websites and vice versa on the grounds that the material carried on their respective websites is inaccurate?
What about freedom of expression, parody and satire and the fundamental British right to laugh of everything and anything.
The plans come after the government revealed plans to revive the project for a gigantic database, called the Interception Modernisation Programme, that will log all email accesses and website visits and store them for a period of one year.