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[ NNSquad ] Re: Mall's Wi-Fi blocks "adult" content
[ Here's a thought experiment. If a mall offered free telephone service for their patrons around the mall, through handsets placed at various locations, would similar restrictions be acceptable? If a customer tried to call a local abortion clinic or an "adult toys" store from one of those phones, would it be reasonable for the system to cut in and say, "I'm sorry, we will not complete your call as dialed, since we consider the business you are calling to not meet our ethical standards -- CLUNK." ? Is this fundamentally different from the Wi-Fi situation? Even more to the point, what if you were trying to call a store in the mall itself when this happened?
[ 900 calls have an extra charge associated with them. Blocking them would be entirely reasonable. The topic under discussion is the blocking of destinations based largely on the "moral" determinations of the party providing the service. Again, would such phone call blocking of the sort I described above be considered acceptable in any public contexts? My bet is that most people would be outraged. So why is this any different than blocking particular Wi-Fi sites that are engaged in legal operations? I'd like a "pro-blocking" reader to address this comparision directly, if you can.
-- Lauren Weinstein NNSquad Moderator ]