June 21, 2003

CIPA FAQ simplified

Here are some things I believe I will be saying over and over next week:

1) Even though CIPA is called the "Children's Internet Protection Act", the name is Orwellian. The censorship law applies to every one, all ages, adult as well as children.

2) Censorware is not a "pornography filter". That focuses thinking supposedly undesirable material to be "filtered". Censorware is about control. Here, it is about what government will permit citizens to read.

3) Moreover. there is the issue of banning not just "bad" material, but sites which provide escape from the control, "LOOPHOLE" sites. Do you really favor banning the Google cache?

Then again, maybe I won't be saying these things, because nobody will be listening to me ...

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on June 21, 2003 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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