September 13, 2007

My _Guardian_ Column on Government Of Australia National Censorware Plan

"What is really under discussion is control of people. Calling it 'censorware' has the advantage of clarity"

I'm glad they used that as excerpt, though I don't like the title given ("The internet can't be censored and it's wrong for governments to try" - I don't assert categorically that the Internet can't be censored, in fact "Can you censor the Internet?" is the question I've explored for many years).

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on September 13, 2007 08:00 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Politicians are stupid. But they're great at ass-covering once they've urinated out their patch of ground.

Censorware is great smelly example: our Aussie politicans are "seen to be doing" (but never *doing*) something useful. In this case protecting children from some unknown orange-terror-alert Pedo/Porn/Subversive thing.

Hell - children shouldn't have PCs in their bedrooms anywayz and filtering software might help for the under 12's... but underestimating teenagers is unwise.

The *problem* is when censorship affects adults. This censorware might distract the pollies long enough for us to read the non-Murdocracized truth for another 5 years.

Posted by: PeterB at September 16, 2007 09:04 AM