Msg#: 4514619 posted 1:15 pm on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
I've come to change my mind on this issue. I'm starting to see fairly clearly that the Internet does need centralised blocking of offensive material and action against offenders at national and international level. Without this, the Internet we value for so much will remain a hazard. It's kind of like the transformation of a frontier town into a civilized place...
Msg#: 4514619 posted 5:32 pm on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
does need centralised blocking of offensive material and action against offenders at national and international level.
Yes, especially material offending current governments. It is outrageous how the russian opposition is trying to influence even children to vote against the ruling party once they are eligible to vote. Poisening their minds with ideas of free speech, democracy, rule of law and stuff like that. Finally websites in Russia can be blocked without judicial oversight.
Msg#: 4514619 posted 6:01 pm on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
The internet wasn't built for children, get them off the web. The first payment gateway, the foundation of ecommerce, was originally built because the pornographers needed a way to take credit cards online. It was all there BEFORE the children were ever allowed on the internet or even knew what the internet was.
There is already technology out there that parents can install that protects the children by whitelisting authorized sites just for children and blocks everything else so this type of legislation has no purpose except to give government an excuse to shut any site down that they don't like.
FWIW, that's how this crap always happens is someone wraps an issue around "protecting the children" and the next thing you know the RIAA misuses such laws to take lyric sites offline because those explicit lyrics could harm the children.
Msg#: 4514619 posted 11:30 am on Nov 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
vince, actually, I think the reduction in governement censorship in other areas (books, theatre, etc.) is usually regarded as an advance for civilisation.
If you want centralised censorship of the internet, why not centralised censorship of everything else. After all some of the some of the things currently effectively blocked on the net (e.g. the record cover image on Wikipedia that was banned in the UK) are often available through other channels (e.g. buy a physical copy).