As any of you who follow the news will no doubt be aware, the British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced plans to ban Internet pornography. ISPs in the U.K. will, by the end of this year, be required to block all porn sites (and any other sites that get lumped in with them) from being viewed unless users actively opt-out of the filters and opt-in to being able to look at pornography.
This isn’t illegal porn, which the vast majority of people would accept has no place in normal society. Instead, this is run-of-the-mill pornography that is perfectly legal to buy and view offline in most countries around the world, and involves consenting adults. This notional ban set us wondering what you, the MakeUseOf readership, would ban from the Internet.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What Would You Ban From The Internet? Of course, “ban from the Internet” implies you’d like to destroy this thing, whatever it is, at source, but as that is pretty much impossible, we’ll instead be discussing what you would ban people from viewing online. In other words whatever you choose will still be there, but if you were ever King/Queen/President/Prime Minister (delete as applicable) you’d ban your citizens or subjects from accessing it online.
While the planned Internet pornography ban in the U.K. is the main inspiration for this week’s question, don’t let that influence your responses. If you agree with David Cameron that porn should be hidden from view unless and until you opt-in to view it then feel free to say so. But there are many more things you could argue the case for banning (or hiding from view) on the InterWebs.
More Than Just Porn
TorrentFreak suggests that other content could come under scrutiny as part of this effort by the British government to “protect the children.” Dating websites, websites related to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, file-sharing sites, gambling sites, sites discussing suicide and self-harm, sites concerned with weapons and violence, and even social networking and gaming websites could all be filtered out if the authorities took a dislike to them.
TechDirt has since reported that Russian authorities want to ban swearing from the Internet. A law is already in place that blocks access to “information on drugs, suicide and child pornography,” but a new amendment which would “punish people for using dirty language in social networks” is now being considered. So, perhaps swearing is the thing you would like to see banned from the Web.
If you agree that any or all of the above should be banned then feel free to argue your case in the comments section below. Or if you instead feel that none of these things should be subject to government-led bans feel free to argue from that point of view.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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