andr74 wrote:I think the censorship in internet is a bad thing. Internet is free and international.
You would be happy to see your kid surfing hard porn or seeing you and your spouse having sex in youtube or some other video hosting service?
For the former, you can easily install internet filtering software on your own computer. For the second, Youtube can take down the video (although why was there a situation where a video was taken, and was put on the internet?)
Child pornography would be Ok to you and so would be all phishing/scam sites going after your bank account and identity.
No, but given that those two are illegal would it not be easier and better for everyone if authorities took down the servers hosting them?
You would probably be thrilled about the kid next door building a bomb from the instructions found on the net and testing it on your house...
Again, no, but there are other questions to ask. Where are his parents, why are they not involved in, you know, making sure their kid doesn't do stupid shit?
Yes, there are examples of where censorship might be fine, for example the classification of media and the restriction of its sale to 18+ year olds. But banning stuff never works. Ever, time and time again we have seen how efforts to ban something have been completely and utterly ineffective.
For the Australian authorities (and swedish, thai, finnish, norwegian etc) to ban a site, they would have to know that its content was illegal. But why are they not informing the likes of interpol and actually getting the sites shut down? If the Australians want families to block access to R18 sites, why not simply distribute interner filtering software free of charge? If those two very simple things were done, then all the situations lurttinen posted and any others would be dealt with, without any downsides to other internet users who do not wish to have their internet filtered.