Down with This Sort of Thing: TD Calls for Crackdown on “Open Source Browsers”

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.

Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donovan attends a meeting of the Oireachtas Communications Committee

Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan attends a meeting of the Oireachtas Communications Committee

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!

Hilarity ensues:


Eamon goes on to point out that this is comedy worthy of The IT Crowd:

Colm Doyle probably nailed it when it comes to identifying the dubious parentage of such an ill-conceived idea:

Legal blogger Simon McGarr thinks Deputy O’Donovan may have gotten excited after seeing a tweet from RTÉ journalist Richard Downes.

Journalist Gerard Cunningham reminds Richard of the importance of anonymous internet access in protecting journalists and their sources:

Finally, James Corbett, who’s a constituent of Deputy O’Donovan’s, has an offer for his local TD:


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