1. Under what auspice woul you standardise censorship?
2. How would you effectively censor an idea or a concept?
3. Would you select a central authority to govern internet content for the world?
I shall attempt to answer these three questions in clear and concise fashion.
As to question 1.) The standardization would be based upon International Law, there are things that we all as humanity have found to be putrid and
socially unacceptable. Child Pornography, Terrorism, et al. These would form the basis of a censorship program, not removing any one person's
rights to free speech, but enforcing that the right of Free Speech ends when the rights of another are infringed upon. Example in point, if a White
Supremacist Organization started a website, not to simply discuss their views in a controlled and closed environment, but to openly proclaim that they
were going to exterminate, say Japanese, this should be censored under the rules. They infringed upon the rights of another when they made the
As to question 2.) You don't need to necessarily have to censor an idea (as ideas can flow in other ways besides the internet) but you can restrict
the ability of those radical, and violent people from gathering more disciples by use of instantaneous mass communication. Imagine the difficulty a
group like Al Quaeda would have getting recruits if they couldn't hide in the deep depths of the internet in the realm of Onion and put up hate
sites.. While they have the right to their opinion, the minute it passes from opinion to threat, it's no longer protected speech and therefore needs
to be removed from the web to make the web safer for all.
As to your final number 3.) There should be a panel made up from all nations that would choose to participate in this to decide when a site has
violated a set and published rule. The United Nations, can and does have the ability to set this up and it would go further into protecting everyone,
worldwide from hate, from violence and honestly from filth.... I am not advocating the stifling of free speech, I have to stress that, free speech is
a right that should never be trampled, I am advocating the restriction on HATE and VIOLENCE, on using children as sex toys, all things every society
has an issue with. Could a system like this be abused, yes, which is why we also have CITIZEN panels around the world that give advice and make
recommendations and have a voice when they feel that the censoring is actually infringing on free speech.
It is a workable system, it most certainly has flaws, but sitting by and doing nothing but complaining about sites that preach violence and hate that
put up pictures and videos we all find reprehensible, it needs to end..
I have a few Questions for you Beezer now:
1) Do you have a better idea on how to curb the use of the Internet for criminal / terrorist means?
2) If there isn't some sort of censorship, not full but limited, where do you see the net (as it stands now) in ten years?
I do have a statement to make after this debate is over Beezer, I do not wish it to influence anyone, however so I will keep it for later
nothing bad to you Beez, I love ya ya little furry rabbit)