August 03, 2007

"Child Safe Viewing Act of 2007" ("V-chip 2.0")

The "Child Safe Viewing Act of 2007" was recently passed:

The bill requires the FCC to review, within one year of enactment, technology that can help parents manage the vast volume of video and other content on television or the Internet.

For whatever good it does, and that's somewhere between not much at all, and none, I'll point out that we have been here before, with the FCC / CIPA (library censorware) order, where the FCC had to determine basic acceptable censorware regulations for libraries. It wasn't a big deal. They basically went through the motions and ducked the difficult questions.

I expect a similar result this time around. The real negatives are that the censorware companies will be able use the proceeding as a marketing-fest (not that the FCC will suddenly censor the Internet). Since of course no real evaluation will be done, the PR flacks can claim anything.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on August 03, 2007 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Child: evolved to seek information and bypass parental controls.
Parent: evolved to filter and control child's information.
Citizen: Evolved to seek information and bypass state controls.
State: evolved to filter and control citizen's information.

You can see why there's such a harmonious relationship between the state and parents can't you?

And yet both of them appear oblivious to the fact that they're met by an opponent that is easily their match.

Censorship is for Sisypheans!

Posted by: Crosbie Fitch at August 5, 2007 05:12 PM