France’s Web Filtering

Australia has already begun instituting internet filtering, and now it seems like France is one step closer. Now I need to ask the question whether or not governments should even have the right to filter the internet. The old argument is that even if you block something, people will still find a way to obtain it. Not to mention the fact that, sure child pornography is bad and really shouldn’t be out in the world – but will filtering internet even stop it. Will the government stop at just that? What about political websites that attack the status quo?

While I don’t condone child pornography in any shape or manner, how effective can internet filtering really be against it? There are proxy servers, P2P, the sneaker net, and what not to get the stuff into the country/past the filtering. Does the cost really justify how much money it will cost? Wouldn’t it be better to continue attacking it at the source, catching the people that are doing the most harm to children?

The thing that I have the problem with is the fact that, while the government may have good intentions, that doesn’t mean that somewhere down the line there won’t be a problem with the system. There is the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” and it is quite possible that this will be true to any internet filtering. I believe that the internet should continue, and always be, 100% free from all government control. That’s not to say that governments shouldn’t have the tools to combat stuff like child pornography, just that there must be a better way.

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