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Re: UK ISPs v. US ISPs (was RE: Network Level Content Blocking)
On Sat, 9 Jun 2007 17:38:20 -0400 [email protected] wrote: > IMHO, unless it's something blatantly illegal such as kiddie porn and the > like I don't think content filtering is the responsibility of the ISP's. > Besides all of the conspiracy theories that are bound to surface, I think > forcing ISP's to block content is a bit like forcing car makers to police > what can be played on the radio. I think that giving parents the option > of manually turning off porn sites would be an improvement. Although > still not within the responsibility of the ISP they are in the best place > to implement such a technology. However, I don't like the idea of a > mandatory global traffic filtering initiative. > > I think in the home is the best place to implement the technology - a power switch or BIOS password. Here is a true analogy. My father worked for a TV station, so you'd think we'd have the TV on all the time, yet right through up until after I left high school, my parents wanted to limit my TV watching ... significantly. How did they do it ? (a) they didn't buy a TV set and put it in my bedroom - the TV was in a common area of the house i.e. the lounge and/or dining room (b) they didn't allow me to watch the TV unsupervised So what I don't understand is why parents put computers in their childrens' bedrooms and don't supervise their children's Internet use. Substituting a piece of filting software that won't ever do as good a job as a parent in enforcing parental responsibility is just bad parenting in my opinion, and not the responsiblity of government or ISPs. Regards, Mark. -- "Sheep are slow and tasty, and therefore must remain constantly alert." - Bruce Schneier, "Beyond Fear"