Ben Laurie blathering

Consultation Considered “Potentially” Harmful?

Apparently the government wants to know about “risks to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games”.

As soon as people start talking about potential harm, alarm bells start ringing. This phrase, repeated ad nauseam throughout the consultation, suggests to me a willingness to accept opinion and hearsay in lieu of hard evidence. And that, in turn, suggests to me that the conclusion of the consultation is foregone: the Internet is “potentially” harmful, as are video games, we should do more to protect vulnerable children, censorship is good, regulation is good, liberty is bad, free thinking is bad. You read it here first.

The Open Rights Group are planning to submit a response – if you’d like to help form that response, your comments are welcome.

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