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My contribution to the consultation team/my MP regarding government “adult” filtering

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Here’s my two pence worth in the argument against government driven “adult” filtering on the internet I’ve sent a copy to the consultation team via the open rights group and also to my local MP.

I am raising my concerns about the proposal for network filtering of adult content and default blocking.

I believe that filtering should be an opt in feature offered by ISP’s, this feature should have a vetting process and be request driven using open standards and lists viewable by the userbase.

Those that don’t opt in should be allowed to filter at their own risk.

This will allow the full freedom of speech/information that is the driving force behind the internet.

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If this is not allowed to happen, the minority who use the internet for “other” reasons will be forced deeper underground.

As they say where there is a will there is a way. and oh you can guarantee there is always a way.

Just to clarify, I am a parent of a young child and the content of the internet scares the hell out of me… But I understand the need of openness and that it is my responsibility (not the governments) to monitor my childs access to information.

I’m fortunate enough to be technical also, which will allow me to choose my method of filtering for my child..

But that is the operative word “CHOICE”.

CHOICE, FREEDOM & OPEN

Potentially another couple of Linux Users

So I’m forever raving about how good Linux is to the guys at work, it seems that over the last 18 months or so my rants have been getting louder/stronger. Well it seems that its starting to work. I’ve been showing off my shiny Gnome3 desktop to them over the last year or so, and although impressed it still wasn’t Windows 7, or more importantly was no good for playing games. I’ve shown them games playing under Wine before now, but I dunno, something just didn’t click.

Well after my recent paradigm shift from Fedora to Ubuntu (Gnome to Unity) I gave it another go this morning.. “Ooh shiny”, “It’s just like 7” were some of the responses. “No its nowt like 7” I quickly corrected and showed him why… Anyway, it seems to have hit home, looks like they were wanting the shiny shiny element and to be fair I understand that, how do you think Apple generated so many sheep customers.

So the conversation then resulted, as it usually does, in talking about playing games. Running through the usual appdb.winehq.org list of games that run (or little that don’t), “ooh half life 2”,  “ooh Civilisation 5″… Did I mention Steam was coming to Linux? let alone the fact it already works pretty well under wine.

I’m happy for another day… My work here is done.