Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"Right" Or "Good" Or Not, This Is The Very Definition Of A Nanny State

Certainly there are more important national issues with which to deal:
Saying that "the darkest corners of the Internet" pose a real threat to children, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday rolled out a plan that would, by default, block pornography on most computers, smartphones and tablets.

British wireless and Internet providers have agreed to put adult-content filters on phones, public Wi-Fi networks and home computers in the coming months. By the end of the year, the filters will become the default setting for anyone setting up broadband Internet service at home, Cameron said.

"I'm not making this speech because I want to (moralize) or scare-monger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come," Cameron said. "This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence."

All of those filters could be deactivated by those who can "prove" they are 18 or older, Cameron said.
Parents are clearly not capable of doing what Nanny Dave wants done, so now government will decide who can watch what kind of porn.

So the darkest corners of the Internet pose a real threat to children?  Is that threat as strong as the threat posed by an all-encompassing Big Brother?

1 comment:

maxutils said...

I really don't see a problem here ...maybe it is nanny -state-ish, but if the only problem is that you need to change your default setting from "no" to "yes", and records aren't kept...what's the harm? Given that children now tend to be more technically savvy than their parents, the change in default might be good.