And Now The Government Says Filters Don't Work?

from the depends-on-the-situation-apparently dept

It's always fun to see how arguments change over time. A few years ago, when the federal government put in place a rule that schools and libraries needed to put internet filters on all computers if they wanted to keep receiving federal funds, there was a lawsuit claiming that filters don't work very well and they tend to block out lots of perfectly legitimate content. The government, on the other hand, argued that filters work well enough and there was nothing wrong with mandating them. Eventually, the Supreme Court agreed, and said the federal government could mandate filters. Now, in a separate case concerning the "Child Online Protection Act" (which has been bouncing around the courts for 8 years), that has been twice hit by Supreme Court injunctions over the likelihood that the law is unconstitutional, it seems that the ACLU will be arguing that filters are just dandy as a solution to protecting kids, while the federal government (thanks to data a bunch of search engines freely handed over) will be arguing that filters suck and are ineffective. So, which is it? Either filters are ineffective and useless at protecting kids or they're important tools that need to be in place to protect our kids? Apparently, it all depends on which court case we're dealing with at the moment.
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  • identicon
    Chris, 23 Oct 2006 @ 7:03pm

    Well duh!

    Obviously we have forgoten that the government is run by a bunch of shallow politicians. THEY WILL CHANGE TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK BETTER!!!!

    *Personal oppion plug*
    Go with clean elections, it lets us normal folk run with federal money*

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 23 Oct 2006 @ 7:51pm

    They all have their heads so far up their superior's ass, and are so worried at being re-elected, that these political Public Relations stunts are quite common these days.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 24 Oct 2006 @ 10:31am

      Re:

      What scares me is I think you're wrong. They don't have their heads up their asses - it's all intentional.

      Educate those around you and call bullshit when you see it. We need people to go to the polls and elect more people who have a freash take on how to deal with our country - they're out there people; stop playing the two-party game and vote for independants or one of the minority parties.

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    Kyros, 23 Oct 2006 @ 8:02pm

    And why are we even filtering information in the first place? This is where i use the beer example - U.S. Minors go out of their way and will even rob for beer because their not supposed to have it. Japan - minors couldn't care less, they can get it from vending machines. See the idea here?

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    Twinkiman, 23 Oct 2006 @ 8:07pm

    Analysis

    well, lets see... If we have one group of people trying to create filters to keep kids safe. Then we have another group trying to circumvent those filters to put filth in kids hands. But wait, we also have the group that wants everything to be open for whatever reason (mostly that filters don't work). Don't forget the kids themselves trying to get at this stuff.

    It seems to me like we have a constant battle for who comes out on top. Most people agree they want to protect kids. The problem enters in on how to go about doing that. The two main solutions are either filters or more parental involvement. The problem with both of those however is that they can't keep up with the rate of technology very well. Come on, how many middle aged parents are going to know what pr0n or even what a proxy server is. Kids are a difficult bunch to work with because they don't know any better, are persistant, and can adapt quickly.

    My vote is to have every parent sit down with their kids and go looking for smut. Parents can educate kids on what filth can do to their lives. Plus if the kids know their parents do it, it quite possibly won't continue as it's cool anymore.

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  • identicon
    dorpus, 23 Oct 2006 @ 9:03pm

    Would the Dalai Lama Censor This?

    If Tibet became "free" by Chinese withdrawal, would the Dalai Lama want you to see these images? He is holding the hand of Shoko Asahara, the cult leader who gassed a bunch of people on the Tokyo subway with sarin.

    http://www.angelfire.com/ego/sinzinrui/photo4/rama2.jpg
    http://www.angelfire.com/ego/sinz inrui/photo4/rama3.jpg

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    • identicon
      tek'a, 23 Oct 2006 @ 9:12pm

      Re: Would the Dalai Lama Censor This?

      dorpus.. do you even bother reading anymore?

      it is an odd case, by the way. well, no odd in that we should expect messes like this, its simply foolish-sounding.

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    Nicholas, 24 Oct 2006 @ 12:34am

    Okay I'm from Australia not from the US and let me tell you. Filters are awful. They ban just about everything from Google Image search to web hosting, e-mail services, forums, chat, irc, msn, aim, etc... Virtually everything on the internet. I'd much rather use my internet at home. Now you might say you should only do homework. WELL half of those sites are filtered too.

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      Dainichi, 24 Oct 2006 @ 1:49am

      Re:

      It's the same in the US. The College I goto has a ridicules proxy setup, i have tried on numerous occasions to access email, research sites, etc and they come up *_slowly_* if at all, (this includes a site that i have to use for my homework) they are not actually denying me but the sites come up so slowly they might as well be denied. this only started happening after the state ruled to ban Personal sites (ie myspace, facebook etc.)from public/gvmnt terminals. we can still get in (if we have the patience of a sloth) but nott with ant time left to do anything

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    Arochone, 24 Oct 2006 @ 3:39am

    Don't matter

    We have peacefire.org's circumventors, and I have set up my own series (http://600gle.computersforpeace.net) too. I've got an SSL one too, but I keep that for personal use mostly. It's a pain in the ass, but nothing more.

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    chris (profile), 24 Oct 2006 @ 6:44am

    public access == anonmymity

    that's the problem with computers at libraries and internet cafes. if a person is using a computer to do something that someone considers wrong, you can't track them down if they use public terminals.

    it's better to confine everyone to their homes and offices so they are eaiser to track down when they surf for the wrong stuff.

    so what if poor kids don't get a chance to use the net for kid stuff (like myspace). so what if people can't do legitmate research. so what if that's the only way that you can expose your company's wrongdoings anonymously.

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    Solo, 24 Oct 2006 @ 1:48pm

    I'm glad somebody thinks of the children.

    In other news, if we educated our children with a little more openness to sex (instead of pure fear) maybe we would be fostering fewers psychos and serial rapist. USA leads the way in that category and it's not because we don't have enough Christians.

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  • identicon
    alyson, 15 Dec 2008 @ 6:20am

    santos

    oi como vai vc

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