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Mandatory filtering

Mandatory filtering

Posted Apr 11, 2005 18:33 UTC (Mon) by Max.Hyre (guest, #1054)
In reply to: Blocking popups in FireFox by beejaybee
Parent article: Blocking popups in FireFox

If social action to reduce these offenses is going to have any effect at all, I think what we need to do is to compile "black lists" of sites and demand that ISPs block them [....] At least some ISPs seem to be prepared to block [...] content [...] with the blessing of at least one national government - so why shouldn't offensive advertising be attacked by the same mechanism?

(Yes, I cut out the ``but it's to protect the children'' bits, because filtering kiddie porn is a riddled with false positives and false negatives as any other filtering regime.)

Erm, because all I demand of an ISP is to send bytes I generate, and accept bytes I receive. Period. And I really don't want my government (or anyone else) controlling what I can see.

I want raw, unadulterated bits in both directions. If some folks want filtering, let them opt in to it. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure where mandatory filtering leads. (I live in the U.S. of A., so this isn't a tin-foil-hat issue; we're already fighting for freedom of speech, electronic and otherwise.)

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