Harvard professor Harry Lewis writes about a camel’s-nose proposal for putting the federal government into the role of internet nanny in today’s Boston Globe.
I agree with his conclusion that this is unwarranted and dangerous. The government’s notion of what a “dangerous” idea is is bound to expand over time. The First Amendment is already starting to crumble, the McCain-Feingold restrictions being the most obvious attack on it.
Lewis, incidentally, has recently co-authored a highly illuminating book entitled Blown to Bits, which explains a lot about computers and the Internet. I’m pretty much a computer dummy and found it fascinating.