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Old 08-11-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Norton as instrument of censorship???

I was reading something interesting. Norton Internet Tools provides a site blocker that is based on feedback from customers. All the customer has to do is push the button, and if enough people do it the site is blocked. According to a Norwegian sociologist, people in England discovered that Norton is blocking sites that disagree with Feminism. I think the article also said it's blocking right wing sites.

The concept in this that's interesting to me is that this is censorship by the masses (sometimes called mob rule). I'm not sure how big the mass has to be; maybe Norton only needs 30 complaints to block a site.

The reason we have republics (rather than pure democracy) is to protect people from the mob rule aspect of pure democracy. But with the unwitting help of Norton (and possibly others), activists are censoring the Internet for thousands of people.

This would be an interesting concept for a movie. A political campaign gets their workers to push the button in their Internet protection software, and they hit a high enough threshold to shut down access to any site that opposes their candidate.

   
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