Andrew Cuomo Gloats Over Getting AOL To Do What It Already Does
from the nice-work dept
We’ve already pointed out how ridiculous it is for NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to be pressuring ISPs to start blocking news groups and access to certain websites with “objectionable” content. Doing so actually makes the problems Cuomo is trying to fix worse. That’s because he’s not actually going after the source of the problem, meaning that it will continue to exist and just be harder for law enforcement officials to track down. This is pure political theater with Cuomo getting his name in the headlines for pretending to solve the problem, when all he’s really done is get some ISPs to sweep the problem under the rug — where it’s only going to fester more.
Even more ridiculous, however, is the latest announcement from Cuomo, gloating over the fact that two more ISPs, AT&T and AOL will join with the ISPs from the original announcement and cut off access to newsgroups and objectionable websites. In the case of AOL, this is especially ridiculous since it’s already done this for many years. Declan McCullagh even got AOL to admit: “We have not changed any policies or procedures as part of today’s announcement.”
Of course, “we’re doing what we’ve always done” doesn’t make good headlines for ambitious politicians.