If the websites themselves cannot be shut down, internet service providers (ISPs) and web hosting companies can be forced to block access to the offending material.
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...
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.
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.
2:38 am on Nov 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
Damn, can't the gov just do all the parenting for me? I hate to talk to my children, protect them and teach them.
Plz gov, do it for me! You are so much smarter and better than me; I really need you to micro manage every possible aspect of life.
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).
6:39 pm on Nov 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
...and China has ordered carrier pigeon owners to not fly the birds during the upcoming 18th Congress when the country's new leader will take over --
Potentially sinister threats to China's ruling Communist Party sit unnoticed in cages perched on a rooftop above a small alleyway in southwestern Beijing. Not dissidents. Pigeons.
A week before the party's all-important congress opens, China's stability-obsessed rulers are taking no chances and have combed through a list all possible threats, avian or otherwise.