yARN: What possessed them to leak the list?

yARN: What possessed them to leak the list?

Evil-totalitarian-freedom-crushing measure? Maybe, yes. Good idea? Maybe not!

If the list that was recently leaked to Wikileak is indeed the ACMA blacklist, then I dare say that as far as evil-totalitarian-freedom-crushing measures go, it’s a good one.

While I value my job too much to click on the URLs that are supposedly on the blacklist, it didn’t take a stretch of the imagination to guess the material within a “trueincest” URL would be quite repulsive.

Yes, as I scrolled through the list I noticed one or two legitimate websites were hidden amongst the masses of sites promising NSFW-through-to-downright-illegal material. At the same time, though, I found myself nodding in agreement with the list.

Yes, censorship is a touchy issue, and if genuine freedoms are being restricted, then it’s not on. But selectively restricting access to material that is easily beyond an X-rating and highly illegal carries a great deal more legitimacy to it.

Without waxing lyrical on philosophy and quoting Foucault and De Sade, I believe that a degree of this kind of censorship is appropriate in any reasonable society, and for that reason the blacklist – fake or genuine – has its heart in the right place.

The issue with the technology involved and the execution of the internet filter is another matter entirely – flawed execution is quite capable of ruining a good idea, but the core issue around the leaking of the list is that 99 per cent of those websites have no place in any decent society. Blocking them is no loss whatsoever.

Which makes me wonder why anyone would think leaking them in the first place was a good idea.

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