We need ISPs to be able to do a certain amount of filtering
Posted Jan 3, 2008 10:07 UTC (Thu) by james
In reply to: Regulatory solution, not technical, is required
Parent article: The future of unencrypted web traffic
Such regulation would need to be well-thought-out, or it might prevent (or place a legal cloud over):
- ISPs filtering spam (and other unwanted messages);
- ISPs providing optional parental filters;
- ISPs filtering port 25 outbound by default;
- ISPs monitoring for and disconnecting virus-infected computers;
- ISPs redirecting HTTP traffic away from malicious websites.
That list isn't complete -- I'm sure there are other things we'd expect ISPs to be able to do for the general public. There'll be other things in future, too.
Do you trust Congress, Parliament, or whoever to come up with legislation which will prevent behaviour we don't like, now and in the future, will permit filtering that is in the interests of netizens, will be sufficiently flexible for future technologies and problems, and stand up to commercial interests?
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