Crayon Kid writes: I submit to your attention the notion that Operation 'Anonymous' may have, after all, succeeded. Misguided teenager shenanigans aside, I think they made one important point: that if one site or service can be taken down for reasons seen by some as arbitrary, then any other sites and services can be taken down just as easily and for equally arbitrary reasons.
In doing so, they have (albeit inadvertedly) called into question the fabric and organization of the Internet itself. It is becoming more and more obvious that the ideals that the Internet was built upon, both technological and philosophical, have failed. The Internet of today, despite what we would like to believe, is a badly hammered together mess which does not cope well with censorship, damage or bad noise-to-signal ratio.
Key technologies and policies need to be addressed, reexamined and changed. For many of them work is already underway: DNS, IP address space, routing, distributed information hosting.
But most important perhaps is the realization that we cannot have it both ways: either it is ultimately possible to deny access to any pieces of information and services, or to none of them.
from the definitely-thinking-of-the-children dept.
Phurge writes "According to a Sydney Morning Herald article, the Australia government has decided to take the controversial step of having internet service providers filter web content at the request of parents, in a crackdown on online bad language, pornography and child sex predators. 'The more efficient compulsory filtering of internet service providers (ISPs) was proposed in March last year by the then Labor leader, Kim Beazley. At the time, the Communications Minister, Helen Coonan, and ISPs criticised his idea as expensive. Three months later Senator Coonan announced the Government's Net Alert policy, which promised free filtering software for every home that wanted it. She also announced an ISP filtering trial to be conducted in Tasmania. That trial was scrapped. Today Mr Howard will hail the ISP filtering measure as a world first by any Government, and is expected to offer funding to help cover the cost. Parents will be able to request the ISP filter option when they sign up with an ISP. It will be compulsory to provide it. The measures will come into effect by the end of this month.'"