Free speech versus $$$ (17 Nov, 2017)

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Free speech versus $$$ (17 Nov, 2017)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:43 am

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Hands up if you're old enough to remember using usenet every day?

In those days of unfettered free speech (except in moderated groups), did you ever think we'd find ourselves facing massive restriction and censorship as is now the case with the likes of YouTube?

It's hard to argue against some form of censorship and restriction, now that even primary-school kids are using the Net -- but have automated systems simply gone too far in suppressing the right to freedom of speech through major platforms?

Is the term "naked eye" simply too risque to allow on a publicly accessible network, even when it pertains to nothing more than some really interesting science?

Has the world gone mad?

Where do you get your usenet fix these days and what ever happen to all those alt.binaries.mp3 and such? :-)
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Re: Free speech versus $$$ (17 Nov, 2017)

Postby phill » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:31 am

i find it really worrying that corporates ( the bulk of the advertisers ) have so much control over what is allowed to be shown on the net

corporate morality means there is no difference than having kiddy porn makers controlling it
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Re: Free speech versus $$$ (17 Nov, 2017)

Postby hagfish » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:04 am

It looks like Randall over at XKCD has been wrestling with similar thoughts:

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And also the rather poignant 'Undocumented Feature'
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Re: Free speech versus $$$ (17 Nov, 2017)

Postby Kiwiiano » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:15 am

Meanwhile over at Stuff the problem of seriously creepy videos aimed at young children are being uploaded to YouTube by low-lives that must be having problems getting their rocks off. https://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/98898546/youtube-serves-up-disturbing-videos-for-children
I guess it would be hard for an algorithm to pick up offensive material when the uploader has gone out of their way to disguise & legitimise it. It may come down to the right of the original copyright holder to sue the arse off the uploader.....but that probably opens several other cans of worms.

(You gotta love "Undocumented feature" there's a copy pinned to the noticeboard in my workshop. Classic!)
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Re: Free speech versus $$$ (17 Nov, 2017)

Postby Muscular Jam » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:47 am

hagfish wrote:And also the rather poignant 'Undocumented Feature'
phill wrote:i find it really worrying that corporates ( the bulk of the advertisers ) have so much control over what is allowed to be shown on the net corporate morality means there is no difference than having kiddy porn makers controlling it
Phill's comment about kiddy porn makers adds another layer to the punchline of 'Undocumented Feature'.
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Re: Free speech versus $$$ (17 Nov, 2017)

Postby phill » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:17 pm

https://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digi ... ss-privacy

even more worrying
lets make everyone buy yet another tv

and add the ultimate spy tool

for our own safety of course

... hal ... you cannot turn that off dave
i have an advert for you
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