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[ NNSquad ] Re: Mall's Wi-Fi blocks adult content related to their own stores

When you are the customer of an ISP and you are buying Internet
access, you expect Internet access. That means you should be able to
use the Internet.  At what point did Kevin buy Internet access from
the mall?  Kevin's comparison between a mall offering wifi as a
convenience and an Internet connection that is paid for is silly.

The Internet is about choice and freedom, it’s not about making
every other network work the way you think it should.  When dealing
with an ISP, as a customer, and buying Internet access, you should get
Internet access.  But Kevin wasn't buying Internet access.  He
stumbled across from free wifi service operated by a private company
and is complaining.  This is not a slippery slope argument, and the
mall is not an ISP.


  [ Sorry, David.  While I understand your desire to defend your
    content filtering product reportedly at issue in this case, this
    situation borders on the Kafkaesque.  A mall determines that it is
    inappropriate for its customers to access a site for which it is
    perfectly willing to lease physical space for the same products?
    Perhaps this is just a limitation of OpenDNS not having
    sufficiently granular filtering controls, or perhaps it never
    occurred to the mall to request exceptions for its own tenants.

    In any case, your argument that "free Internet" isn't *really* the
    Internet, suggesting that the former is OK to filter but the
    latter shouldn't be filtered, is what's silly and slippery slope
    -- and perhaps more than a bit self-serving on your part.

        -- Lauren Weinstein
           NNSquad Moderator ]

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On Nov 29, 2010, at 10:54 AM, Lauren Weinstein wrote:

> Mall's Wi-Fi blocks adult content related to their own stores
> http://bit.ly/ete1E4  (Kevin Burton)
> --Lauren--
> NNSquad Moderator