Theresa May’s comments on the London Bridge attack—predictably—include comments on the internet. I footnoted this section in plain English:
Preface: the last two attacks feel personal—I cross London Bridge every Sat to go to Borough Market; Westminster Bridge is part of my run.
1—Safe space trope is misguided. The internet is ubiquitous, like paper. Calling envelopes, letters & pamphlets “paper space” makes no sense
2—"Regulating cyberspace," in plain English, means two things: more censorship and less security (for everybody).
2a—Some forms of censorship of extremist, violent content are acceptable & indeed desirable. More could be done—a tough, important debate.
2b—Reducing security is more problematic: we can’t unprotect terrorist online while keeping our children and businesses protected.
2c—Less online security, in this counterterrorism context, mainly means trying to limit the use of end-to-end encryption.
3—Focus on "big companies" is misleading. A range of secure comms channels will remain available to militants no matter what big firms do.
4—"Democratic governments," unlike autocracies, should be *against* more censorship and *in favor* of securing its citizens offline & online
5—If the UK continues trying to roll back core liberal values by messing with an open and secure internet, then the terrorists win.