29 July 2010

Open Letter to Deputy Minister Gigaba at Home Affairs

Dear Deputy Minister Gigaba,

I have read (http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=6&art_id=nw20100729143923925C771769) of your determination to "fast-track the passage" of legislation to force internet service providers to filter pornography. Ah yes! The age-old cry of "protect the children". Nothing like it for whipping up votes from frothing at the mouth evangelists.

Good luck!

No seriously, you'll need it! I don't know whether you were inaccurately quoted by io.co.za, or whether you are truly so badly misinformed when you are quoted as saying that "Technology [has] advanced to a point where ISPs would be able to filter out around 95 percent of the content in a highly cost-effective way".

I speak as a highly qualified technology IT and internet expert of 25 years experience: IT CAN'T BE DONE.

Not cost effectively. Not at all.

Please note that I have no interest in pornography - delivered via the Internet, the TV or Hustler magazine. I am merely pointing out the futility of any efforts in this regard.

But, while we're at it, why pick on one particular delivery channel? Surely you should also target the print-media, radio and television at the same time? Or do you have some agenda hiding under the cover of "protect the kiddies from sex"?

The only outcome of this stupid, unnecessary, idiotic, unwanted and futile campaign will be to load a huge cost burden on the internet service industry of this country, and accomplish EXACTLY NOTHING.

The kakistocracy at work again!

I wonder how many jobs you will destroy with this as you drive ISPs out of business with the needless burden of implementing such rubbish...

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