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    Theresa May’s comments on the London Bridge attack—predictably—include comments on the internet. I footnoted this section in plain English:

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    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.

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    1—Safe space trope is misguided. The internet is ubiquitous, like paper. Calling envelopes, letters & pamphlets “paper space” makes no sense

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    2—"Regulating cyberspace," in plain English, means two things: more censorship and less security (for everybody).

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    2a—Some forms of censorship of extremist, violent content are acceptable & indeed desirable. More could be done—a tough, important debate.

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    2b—Reducing security is more problematic: we can’t unprotect terrorist online while keeping our children and businesses protected.

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    2c—Less online security, in this counterterrorism context, mainly means trying to limit the use of end-to-end encryption.

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    3—Focus on "big companies" is misleading. A range of secure comms channels will remain available to militants no matter what big firms do.

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    4—"Democratic governments," unlike autocracies, should be *against* more censorship and *in favor* of securing its citizens offline & online

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    5—If the UK continues trying to roll back core liberal values by messing with an open and secure internet, then the terrorists win.

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    Finally: it is disingenuous, naive, and even dangerous not even to acknowledge this harsh digital dilemma facing liberal democracy today.

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