Originally Posted by Tech Explorer
I say it's on a case-by-case basis. It's a question as to how far do you want government to control. With children, it helps to set parental controls on the computer. With bomb making materials, I think there's still freedom of speech and even if you were 100%
in banning them on tbe internet, there are ways of getting around it.
The problem with judging things on a case by case basis are that it takes an incredible amount of resources both in terms of time and money and can lead to arbitrary decisions . whereas with hard and fast rules about what is and what is not acceptable material enforcing the rules is relatively simple and can be done by almost anyone . When you have hard and fast rules you can have exemptions to these rules in particularly compelling situations but as a whole you dont need much thought to go into it .
Whilst it does help to set parental controls I dont think that means you should give up on regulating the internet of these types of materials . its like there is parental control to stop underage drinking but i dont think that means that shops selling alcohol should stop asking for ID
Whilst I accept that there is freedom of speech to be protected I would argue that freedom of speech is one of those rights that comes with a great deal of responsibility and is one of those rights that quite often can be contravened in the interests of protecting others rights . I would argue that with things like bomb making manuals and racism there is no legitimate use for this type of material and it is simply used to infringe upon the rights of others so we should make all possible efforts to rid the internet of it .
I agree that even if it was completely removed from the internet this type of material would still be distributed however that to me is not a compelling argument to try and prevent its distribution on the internet . That is like saying depite reducing the murder rate to 0 in neghbourhood A there are still murders in neghbourhood B so the police shouldnt even bother with their efforts in neghbourhood A . I think the harder you make it for material like that to be shared the better