In a comment at LP:
The government’s compulsory internet filter will not make the internet any safer for children to use unsupervised, nor will it make police detection of users of illegal content any easier. One thing worse than an expensive government initiative that doesn’t work – let’s face it, there are plenty of those – is when people are fooled into thinking it does work, and change their behaviour accordingly.
This is what gets me. There’s some monomaniac hammering away at LP about how we all accept TV and Film censorship and why should the internet be exempt? (a) it’s not exempt – illegal content is already shut down when it is detected, and (b) I’ll tell you why, jackass – technological effectiveness.
It is technologically extremely simple to stop TV stations and cinemas showing content that is deemed illegal. It is technologically very difficult to do the same with respect to the Internet, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either a fool or has a hidden agenda.
Why would anyone want to simply have a false sense of security about nasty stuff on the internet? Wouldn’t the money be better spent on better funding for policing of illegal content, which has been shown to work in actually shutting down child porn and terrorist networks online?