July 26, 2007

Commerce Committee Net Censorware Hearing - looks like posturing

I suppose I'll write a few words on the censorware story: "US Senators call for universal filtering"

The measures they are calling for include directing the Federal Communications Commission to identify industry practices "that can limit the transmission of child pornography" and requiring the Federal Trade Commission to form a working group to identify blocking and filtering technologies in use and "identify, what, if anything could be done to improve the process and better enable parents to proactively protect their children online."

I looked at the hearing's testimony, and various statements but actually didn't see much beyond a lot of speechifying. If they're calling for a report here, and working group there, all about "industry practices", I'd say it looks like more generic posturing than a serious attempt to get a new law on the table.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on July 26, 2007 06:41 PM (Infothought permalink)
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What do "child pornography" and "children online seeing pornography" have to do with each other, again? The whole article you point to and the statements made within it jumps from the one to the other as if the two would be substantially related concepts.

Posted by: Philipp Lenssen at July 27, 2007 01:53 PM

They both make for scary rhetoric :-(.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at July 27, 2007 05:45 PM