What Would You Ban From The Internet? [We Ask You]

As any one of you who stick to the news may no doubt take note, the British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced promises to ba...



What Would You Ban From The Internet? [We Ask You]

As any one of you who stick to the news may no doubt take note, the British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced promises to ban Internet pornography. ISPs inside the U.K. will, towards the end of this year, have to block all porn sites (and then for any other sites that get lumped together with them) from being viewed unless users actively opt-out from the filters and opt-in to to be able to look at pornography.

This isn’t illegal porn, that this vast majority of men and women would accept doesn't have any place in normal society. Instead, this is run-of-the-mill pornography that is certainly perfectly legal to acquire and view offline for most countries around the globe, and involves consenting adults. This notional ban set us wondering whatever 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 in 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 whatever you would ban people from viewing online. In other words whatever you choose will still be there, however, 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 inside U.K. may be the main inspiration for this week’s question, don’t let that influence your responses. If you trust David Cameron that porn ought to be hidden from view unless and until you opt-in to look at it then go ahead and say so. But there are many more things you could argue the truth for banning (or hiding from view) around the InterWebs.


More Than Just Porn


TorrentFreak shows that other content could are categorized as scrutiny as part of this effort through the British government to “protect the children.” Dating websites, websites in connection with drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, file-sharing sites, gambling sites, sites discussing suicide and self-harm, sites concerned with weapons and violence, as well as social networking and gaming websites could all be filtered out when the authorities took a dislike to them.

TechDirt has since reported that Russian authorities need to ban swearing through the Internet. A law is already in place that blocks entry to “information on drugs, suicide and child pornography,” but a brand new amendment which may “punish people for implementing dirty language in social networks” is now being considered. So, perhaps swearing is the thing you would prefer to see banned in the Web.

If you agree that any or all with the above must be banned then go ahead and argue your case inside the comments section below. Or if you instead feel that none of the things should be subject to government-led bans feel free to argue from that point of view.


Drawing Conclusions


All comments will be digested in order to create conclusions in the follow-up post next week where we're going to detail what You Told Us. One reader will probably be chosen for that coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt chosen from those available through MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column specialized in finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked usually are open-ended and likely to necessitate attorney at law. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps towards the MakeUseOf readership. This column are few things without you, as MakeUseOf are few things without you.

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