Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 00:09 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes ...and we're back. Like so many other sites on the web, OSNews joined the worldwide protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT-IP Act, which threaten to end free speech, economic innovation, privacy, and the free exchange of information on the web. I don't wish to waste too many words on our participation, so consider this item as a sort of comment lightening rod to make sure that when the next story is posted, we can focus fully on its topic. Update: DC seems to be getting the message the internet sent today.
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RE: Porn
by Lazarus on Thu 19th Jan 2012 02:06 UTC in reply to "Porn"
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Don't get me wrong, but how many pornographic sites can be accessed by children just by typing the correct keyword on google? I for one think that I wouldn't want my techie children accessing that so easy.

This isn't an Internet problem, it is a parenting problem. If you have young children with Internet access, you supervise them. As they get older you teach them of possible dangers, and at some point you're just going to have to trust that you've raised them right.

Thousands of free sex videos. And today it's all free and worldwidely accessible.

Most schools and libraries with Internet access do filter for such things. It is entirely possible to set up such systems in one's own home. In fact, both Windows (Vista and newer) and Mac OS X (since forever?) include the tools you need to do just that. If you're adept enough to install and maintain non-mainstream alternatives, this whole situation should be even less of a problem.

There must be rules to contents like this. It's a strong industry and of course, their voice against internet controlling isn't thinking about kids.

This is not the porn industry's problem, anymore than it is Clorox's problem if your kids decide to drink bleach.

I think internet does need control. Not the kind of normal new censoring. But the use of internet has become equally good and evil. That's the reality. And anarchy does not fit in here.

Anthropomorphizing the Internet does not make it capable of good or evil. That's the reality.

As for copyright infringement, well, you wouldn't want a piece of software that makes off your living laying around torrents and p2p applications. Rules need to be set, but towards the right target and right abusers.

If one's source of income is so fragile as to require over-reaching laws be put into place just to make them viable, you've got bigger problems than file-sharing IMHO.

Edited 2012-01-19 02:15 UTC

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