The speed limit sign near my house said I had to reference the Speed Limit Article for my road to know what the speed limit law is for that particular road.
I first need to go to the assigned government office (the Law DMV), and then pay a fee to access this content. I am then only allowed to read this content while at the Law DMV. I am not allowed to write down or copy this information in any form or I will be prosecuted. This process will need to be repeated for each road I want to know the speed limit for. This is due to each road having their own standards on what is considered the proper speed limit.
Cop comes to the door. Let's say that it is the type of door with a window. The shades are open, so the cop looks through the window and sees nothing.
The cop the proceeds to break the window, unlock the door from the inside, walk into the house and do whatever he wants. He could destroy the house. Take the person's personal information. And for some weird reason leaves pornography pinned to all the walls.
He is justified in doing this because anyone could of broken into the house just as easily.
This is one of the reasons I also use ad-blockers. Too many sites run like garbage because of ads. There have been sites I genuinely wanted to whitelist, but as soon as I turned the ad-blocker off, the site became a slow, unresponsive, and/or other annoyances.
So of course I turn the ad-blocker back on. The reason I was going to whitelist the site is because I liked it, but without the ad-blocker I no longer like the site.
Agreed, I've experienced this first hand in the past (years ago) with DeviantArt when the ad-server company they were using were infected. Fortunately, my antivirus was strong and prevented it from getting in, but still.
Whenever I work on computers, installing an ad-blocker in one of the standard security measures I take to help keep their computers secure and work faster/smoother.
Everything about this that you mentioned screams, "Warning, they are going to do something awful to you!" I don't care what country you are from, I would assume you would immediately be jailed and tortured upon arrival after hearing all of this.
I wouldn't doubt that being the case for some of the groups, but I also feel that isn't the only thing. When it comes to groups like the government, I really feel it's just them wanting to control the internet but they can't, and they just can't wrap their heads around why not.
So in their desperate attempt at controlling something they don't understand, they attack the biggest power within the internet, hoping that this will give them the control they desire.
Sorry if this comment doesn't contribute much to the article, but I just had to write this down after reading so many articles about stuff like this.
I swear with every article I read about the complaints, lawsuits, etc that countries and businesses aim at Google, I keep having the same thought. Google is not the internet!
Their "problems" is with the internet and how it works. But they don't understand the internet. The internet is not an entity, it's an interconnected group of millions (billions?) of users across the globe. It's not something they can sue and force to do what they want, so instead they attach a face to it, which is often Google.
Google is one of the name of the internet, so by aiming their guns at Google, they think they are aiming at the internet. Guess what? If Google closed up shop right now, none of the "problems" they are whining about would really go away. They just can't wrap their heads around, or don't care, that Google is not the internet.