Not Saussure

September 8, 2006

Reassuring to know…

Filed under: hubris, Internet — notsaussure @ 6:33 pm

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | ‘Name and shame’ plan for websites
“I would no more ban the internet as a whole than ban a library, but you need to look at those sections that create a risk. Then you have to think about inhibiting people from going to it,” Mr Gamble told the Financial Times.

The report explains,

Websites that fail to protect children from sexual predators could face legal action from a new online child protection agency.The huge popularity of social networking sites such as MySpace, where millions of youngsters have posted personal information, has increased concern at the potential for paedophiles to ‘groom’ youngsters for abuse through the internet.

Websites that are “obstructive or unhelpful” would be “named and shamed” and legal action against them would be considered, said Jim Gamble, the former anti-terrorist police officer who heads the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Can anyone think of any ‘legal action’ a British agency could realistically take against US-based MySpace with any more hope of success than it could attempt to ‘ban the internet’, as Mr Gamble assures he has not intention of doing?

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