Venezuelan Politicians Seem To Think The Web Is Like TV: Adult Content Only Allowed At Night

from the that's-not-how-it-works dept

With all the jokes we've had about how badly it seems the US government doesn't understand the internet, and often seems to want to censor the internet, it appears that politicians in Venezuela want to go even further. A lawmaker from the ruling party has put forth a bill that would regulate the internet -- in part by saying that adult content can only be available after midnight.

Yes, you read that right. Supporters point out that this is the same requirement for TV and radio, so why shouldn't it work that way for the internet? Detractors point out that... um... that's not how the internet works. Of course, the bill also lets the government directly censor websites that say things the ruling party doesn't like, which does seem like standard practice for media entities in Venezuela these days.


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    Hephaestus (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 10:43am

    As the saying goes "its 5 pm somewhere" ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 10:45am

    actually this could work. Just set up dns servers in the country that only make the dns names available from midnight to 6am local time. Won't stop every one, but would make it a deterrent.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 10:49am

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    Heh. My thought exactly *swigs*

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 10:49am

    Re: It Works ...?

    Yes, it worked so very well in every other country that tried.
    :eye-roll:
    /sarc

    Also, there's a completely distributed uncensorable DNS system coming. Heard of Dot-p2p yet?

     

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    crade (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:00am

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    Wouldn't that just mean the whole internet would only be available at night?

     

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    DS, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:01am

    Is the follow up news that men everywhere (in Venezuela) are going to work half asleep?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:07am

    isn't the ARD in germany doing the same thing with their catch up service? they block it before the watershed, making the service less than useful.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:07am

    "Of course, the bill also lets the government directly censor websites that say things the ruling parties don't like, which does seem like standard practice for media entities in America these days."

     

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    Ethan, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:23am

    Love the title !

    lolzz....

    I really loved the title !! I cracked up on that !

    Thanks for making my day :)

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:35am

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    Apparently, it's ALWAYS 5pm there...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:55am

    Re: Re:

    "adult content can only be available after midnight."

    "Wouldn't that just mean the whole internet would only be available at night?"

    There's a joke here somewhere...

     

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    Hugues Laman (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 11:55am

    dns servers

    Well people will begin to understand internet a bit more the fact that you can cache the name of a server in your personnal computer. Yes it will work for a while, put it will be quick and there will be software that help you bypass this.

     

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    interval (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 12:28pm

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    Went to Philadelphia once, you know what? It wasn't sunny.

     

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    cgt (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 12:50pm

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    NO WAI!11one!1!six!!1

     

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    Cixelsid (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 1:07pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The internet isn't just porn...there are also pictures of cats.

     

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    TheStupidOne, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 1:28pm

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    It will work right up until the people of the country decided to use opendns, or google's dns, or any other dns that resides outside of their country

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 1:32pm

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    No, it's made of cats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi8VTeDHjcM. Which is why the whole thing is destined to fail...

    The internet is for porn
    The internet is made of cats
    Every time you masturbate god kills a kitten

    Therefore, the internet is self-defeating

     

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    Yeebok (profile), Dec 10th, 2010 @ 8:30pm

    Did anyone else read the first word in the title as vuvuzela ?

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Dec 11th, 2010 @ 1:49am

    Even worse in Germany

    The JMStV is a law just passed to "protect the children" by forcing anyone to implement a rating system on their page which would automatically be blocked by parents adjusting their kid's browsers filter. If anyone does not want to rate it and they are offering content for adults (not necessarily pron) they have to make sure their content is only available after 10 p.m.

    That's what you get with a bunch of clueless jerks who just don't get the internet (actually most ppl thing, they do, they only want to control it).

     

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    David, Dec 11th, 2010 @ 1:16pm

    Great minds

    Haven't got a clue, have they?

     

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    Rockma, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 3:21pm

    Contradictions as always

    Well, I am Venezuelan. What can I say? The governor is a man who criticizes US and capitalism, but he uses Twiter.

     

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