An Australian political party has floated a proposal that would require ISPs to block R-rated content at their level, and prevent users from accessing it, unless they've decided to opt in to receive the full, big, bad internet. Sounds like a wonderful idea, apart from the ridiculousness of the task, as well as the misplacement of responsibility on ISPs to "protect" children. This sounds pretty similar to previous efforts in the country that assert the ISPs have a responsibility to censor the information their users request online. Filters have been historically shown to not be particularly accurate, and forcing their use on a network-wide basis (rather than allowing individual users to install them locally, should they desire) is a tremendous waste of resources. This and other attempts to legislate morality a pretty pointless exercises that cause more problems than they solve. Merging politics and technology often leads to trouble; adding morality to the mix makes it almost certain.
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