Help! Pedophiles on the loose

Thank God for Senator Conroy. Just when all those anti-Internet filter cranks appeared to be getting the upper hand, it looks like those pedophiles that our Minister for Morally Sound Communications wants to filter out have infiltrated the highest level of the US Government.
What else are we to make of the report by a high-profile task force appointed by 49 US attorneys-general to research the problem of sexual solicitation of children online, which claims that – can you believe this? – the problem doesn’t exist? Obviously, they’re part of the international ring of pedophiles that Senator Conroy plans to smite with one blow. Can there be any doubt now, that Senator Conroy is right, and our children’s little eyes and minds are at dreadful risk?
The Internet Safety Technical Task Force which the law authorities set up to examine the extent of the threats children face on social networks like MySpace and Facebook, declared that widespread fears that older adults were using these popular sites to deceive and prey on children constitiuted a “moral panic”. It found that children and teenagers are very unlikely to be propositioned by adults online, which we all know can’t possibly be true, or else, why would Senator Conroy be so concerned?
Obviously we’re going to have to block any links to the Berkman Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and possibly arrest any Australian who tries to look at their site. And of course we’ll have to filter out all the material on those sites that are being run by those wicked attorneys-general. Maybe we should just include the entire US government? And possibly the entire US?
Wouldn’t it be easier to, you know, just stop any Australians from going online at all? Or possibly restrict Web access to decent sites like Family First? Come on, Senator Conroy. You can do it. We must act now!

One Response to “Help! Pedophiles on the loose”

  1. Stephen

    Mark Newton’s comment on Stilgherrian’s piece is worth a read.
    Mark’s ‘framework’ breaks it down very simply:-

    A coherent argument against it is almost small enough to sketch on the back of a business card with a blunt pencil:
    1.There’s no problem to solve.
    2.Even if there was, the public hasn’t demanded that the Government solve it.
    3.Even if they had, this is a bad, wrong solution that won’t work.
    4.Even if it worked, all the data gathered over many years says it’ll be slow, unreliable and expensive.
    5.Even if it was perfect, it’ll be implemented terribly by regulators who don’t know what they’re talking about (cf: Haneef, Henson, IWF’s Wikipedia incident, etc)
    6.Even if perfectly implemented, the blacklists will leak and consequently enable child abuse.
    7.There is no possibility that the blacklists won’t leak.


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