Should We License Internet Use?
from the of-course-not dept
As colleges are starting to force their students to take special computer literacy classes before they can get an online account – and fining them for doing things like spreading viruses, some are wondering if we shouldn’t do similar things for the wider population and require an “internet license” before you can go online. The idea is that you would learn all the things you shouldn’t do (don’t click on attachments you don’t know, don’t respond to spam, etc.) and then make you pass a test. This is, of course, a silly suggestion. Unlike with driving, what makes sense a today may not make any sense a year from now. Besides, most people on the roads today have drivers licenses – and yet they still do incredibly stupid things they were clearly told not to do when they got the license.