Net censorship is dangerously gaining ground. A growing number of democratic governments consider or implement schemes aimed at blocking access to specific websites sometimes without any judicial oversight. Established in the name of regulating “violent” or child abuse content, or controlling online gambling, these schemes are both inefficient and disproportionate. Website blocking is imprecise by nature, creating the risk of “collateral censorship” by wrongfully blocking perfectly legitimate websites.
Even when mandated by judicial authority, Net Filtering infringes on fundamental freedoms and harms the architecture of the free and open Internet by "balkanizing" the network. As it is gradually extended to new fields such as defamatory content and copyright infringements, it leads to generalised censorship and control of the Internet. To respect freedom of communications, alternative enforcement measures must be implemented, such as taking down content at the source or blocking financial streams in the case of commercial websites.