The Australian government’s attempts to once again restrict internet users’ access to certain sites should be interesting. Do we have a basic human right to access all dangerous illegal content? Maybe not, but it comes down to who decides what’s dangerous and illegal – that is the real question.
The technology challenge is seriously high – a couple of years ago the Guardian covered another Australian attempt, but that didn’t go well. However this time the technology should be better, and according to the BBC they’ve done the trials and it “was 100% effective“.
So once again we have a technology story which is far more about society’s attitude to information, and freedom of access, than the science behind it.
There’s hope for us all yet.