Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Peter Lewis in Fortune Magazine notes that amidst all of the furor about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upholds recent legislation requiring public libraries to maintain filters that eliminate pormography from being viewed by children, there will be legitimate content sources eliminated as well that might just happen to appear to a filter to be dangerours materials. Ironically, Chris Sprigman notes on FindLaw that the U.S. government is helping people overcome censorship in countries such as Saudi Arabia by enabling them to slip content through nation-wide firewalls by wrapping it in image files. Meanwhile, Amazon is happy to let developers "hack" their content into applications that make it more likely that people will come to Amazon to complete a sale. Thanks to emerging technologies, content is beginning to develop an inordinately complex moral landscape...
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