Sense on censorship.
This month, spurred by recent US decisions
and comment on indecency legislation, we return to the question of
censorship but from a different perspective to that when we last looked
at the issue in our July 2000 Comment on "Standards or Censorship".
Public and private space
The first distinction we draw in the debate is
between what we will, for the sake of simplicity, term public
and private space.
Regulation by the "market"
"Public space" regulation
As regards regulation of
public space, we accept that a whole mix of considerations are
involved and that in a democratic society changes in contemporary
standards will affect what is or is not allowed.
Can Technology help?
If there is a way to "flag"
a topic that may prove objectionable so the audience can switch
away then regulations can appropriately be lessened and we would
see this as the better approach.
Any views? Please comment
on the above. For that matter, if you can put the time aside,
we'd like your "Guest comment" pages this year to stimulate
more feedback and dialogue.
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