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Old 08-16-2007, 05:44 AM   #16
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Originally posted by Angela Harlem

Perhaps, perhaps, but really, I don't buy it. You're not losing a great amount when it comes to porn and children. I don't put much behind that slippery slope.
I don't support giving porn to children, although I think that any kid over the age of ten will eventually come across it and that is part of growing up, but the concept of ISP level filters goes against the idea of internet freedom, there are already consumer level ones (which are being given away to families under these policies) why put a blanket level system in place (of course the answer is votes). If it ever reached a stage where one was prevented from viewing certain websites it would be sacrificing too much.

It simultaneously abdicates the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children are not getting onto offensive material or in some ways teaching them how they should react to it (and anti-porn crusaders go about it the wrong way)and infringes on the rights of other people to make an informed choice about what they do or do not want to see. We aren't talking about criminal activity, child pornography or paedophiles stalking kids online - it is about having a two tiered internet.

The other issue that comes into play is the abuse of the system once it is in place, how long until it starts being used to prosecute individuals for software and music piracy? How much privacy do we loose. If it ever reaches the stage that a workable system of state censorship can be extended over one tier of internet access I don't think that it is a terrible stretch of the imagination for it to be pushed upon the other (but only with the most "extreme"websites like drug forums, anarchy pages etc.).

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