June 08, 2003

"Focus On The Family" censorware propaganda

There's a fascinating specimen of censorware advocacy from "Focus on the Family":

Internet Porn Tied to the Mob

I found it absurdly funny in terms of wild claims, almost burst out laughing at:

"The porn industry has lots of money to throw at bypassing filtering software. It hires the best technical experts to go to work on circumventing the newest filters."

BWA-HA-HA! I'm either insulted, or not "connected". Nobody, but nobody, has ever offered me a cent to circumvent censorware. I find this bit of propaganda the most hilarious part of Religious-Right censorware advocacy.

Now, to be absolutely accurate, Bennett Haselton did recently have a few bucks thrown at him. But it was the US Government (Voice Of America) which did the throwing.

In fact, "the porn industry" is one of the biggest promoters of censorware. That's for the simple reason that it just wants to be left in peace to sell its wares, and certain deals with censors can make business sense - even good business sense, because then the censors take out the amateur, non-profit, competition.

I'm so tempted to write and ask where I can find someone to throw "lots of money" - not just money, but "lots of money" - at me, to go to work circumventing censorware.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on June 08, 2003 11:58 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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