Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has discovered that our way of life is under threat from anonymous internet users and their nasty “open source” browsers. But never fear, gentle citizens, he’s on the case.
Anxious to be seen as a tech-savvy Guardian of All that is Good, Patrick appears to have spent about an hour googling the matter before issuing
a fatwa a press release calling for …
… tougher controls on the use of open source internet browsers and payment systems which allow users to remain anonymous in the illegal trade of drugs, weapons and pornography. Deputy O’Donovan has written to the Oireachtas Communications Committee, of which he is a member, asking it to investigate the matter.
Naturally, Deputy O’Donovan knows that the solution to criminality is to ban technology. Lucky for us, he’s identified the technology in question: Open Source.
Bad Open Source! Bad dog!
— Gavin Sheridan (@gavinsblog) January 14, 2014
— Daniel Sullivan (@kingkane) January 14, 2014
— Joan O'Connell (@clicky_here) January 14, 2014
— Eamon Leonard (@EamonLeonard) January 14, 2014
Eamon goes on to point out that this is comedy worthy of The IT Crowd:
— Eamon Leonard (@EamonLeonard) January 15, 2014
— Edith Heffernan (@EdithHeffernan) January 14, 2014
Colm Doyle probably nailed it when it comes to identifying the dubious parentage of such an ill-conceived idea:
— Colm Doyle (@colmisainmdom) January 14, 2014
— Chris Armstrong (@Armstrong) January 14, 2014
Legal blogger Simon McGarr thinks Deputy O’Donovan may have gotten excited after seeing a tweet from RTÉ journalist Richard Downes.
— Simon McGarr (@Tupp_Ed) January 15, 2014
Journalist Gerard Cunningham reminds Richard of the importance of anonymous internet access in protecting journalists and their sources:
— Gerard Cunningham (@faduda) January 14, 2014
Finally, James Corbett, who’s a constituent of Deputy O’Donovan’s, has an offer for his local TD:
I went to my local TD @podonovan 's clinic a few weeks ago. In return I'd like to offer him a free clinic any time on how the internet works
— James Corbett (@eirepreneur) January 15, 2014