March 28, 2005

CyberPatrol censorware violates "Rules of Robotics", says columnist

The columnist said it, not me. In response to a question regarding how to fix a censorware installation gone amuck:

Q. My CyberPatrol Internet filtering software has gone haywire. ... My question is how do I rehabilitate CyberPatrol or uninstall it if it won't allow me to get to the place where you can change/check settings or uninstall the program?


A ... You are going to need to fish out the original software--either downloaded or on a CD--that you used to install this nuclear-powered Internet decency-enforcement software. Then you need to reinstall the software in order to override the robotic feature called Internet Disable.

I mention robots because CyberPatrol pretty much violates the Rules of Robotics as drafted by Isaac Asimov in the novel "I, Robot," by attacking humans who try to protect themselves from robotic damage.

Not that he's against censorware. But the implications of needing absolute control over someone's reading can have extreme effects.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on March 28, 2005 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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