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    After seeing how Canada
    by Anonymous on Monday October 24 2005, @01:06PM (#16336)
    Railroaded Zundel and put up speech review boards, and knowing that when I lived in Germany I was subject to the same ... Ahh, I think I see what their end game is here. Every one of these places wants to cut out things it doesn't like, censor communications it doesn't like, regulate away companies it doesn't like... Let these folks do it and we will end up with a global tax, and global licenses. It will end up a 'well regulated top down privledge'. Well, you can bend over with the KY if you want, but as far as I am concerned, they can shove it up their own.

    Yeah, we created a red light district on the internet. We also created a kids section. The kids section works, and no one is going to gripe about that. The red light one probably wont work out as well because of existing domains elsewhere, but its an attempt to make it easier for parents who want to give their kids a safe passage. The reason the red light may not work out as well is that they aren't being heavy handed about it, its voluntary to use it. Its simply in the hopes that those selling those kinds of services move their domains there and understand a large portion of the world would love to have a safe place for their kids in this space, and voluntary cooperation would go a long way toward that.

          Its a nice concept, but just like .org we know it wont be followed to the letter, but its something for the long haul. If that had been implimented in 1994-5 it wouldn't be an issue today. As it is, the net effect will merely be that one of the most profitible sections of the internet, porn delivery, has its own segment of the net if it wants to use it. Hence, parents groups, childrens groups, Muslim groups, Christian groups, much of the porn industry, and many governments asked for it. Different ones wanted heavy handed tactics employed, and that wasn't going to happen, but is the end result a bad thing?

    As it is now, countries are still free to pass their own laws, and they aptly demonstrate their ability to harass search engines, auction sites, commerce sites of every kind in the aim of eliminating speech & content they don't like. Yeah, I'm sure these folks would like "top down" control of the net. For exactly this reason, they shouldn't have it.

    Nothing like going before a human rights tribunal because you said something someone somewhere doesn't like. That is the future they envision. This system may not be perfect, but its a far cry better than that. The end result of the proposals I've seen will be tyranny and gulags. It wont start that way, but it will end up that way, and what make the net useful in the first place will largely disappear. A lot of governments in the world would like that. A lot of companies would like that.

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