Internet Censorship - First Shot Across the Bow?

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    We have seen quite a bit of discussion re rumors of the government taking control of the internet and having power to block access to this or that. If there has been any support for that on USMB, I missed it.

    But the rumors persist and there's always that chance that when there is smoke. . . .

    Noted this blurb today re one government agency that is implementing the policy. Now I can see why an employer would restrict chat messaging, social networking stuff even like USMB, gaming sites etc. You don't want your employees spending all their time doing that. But blocking "controversial news/opinion sites?" Who decides what is controversial?

    And listening to other commentary, it is speculated that this may be the first shot across the bow. If it works out at the TSA, it could be implemented in other government agencies and eventually spread to the private sector. There isn't so much problem with an employer exercising control of how company computers can be used. But if the government should decide to make it mandatory for their contractors, etc. . . . .

    And wouldn't it be good for a security agency to have their thumb on the pulse of controversial issues out there?

    I don't know. I see a possible red flag here. Do you?
     
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    I certainly do.
    Sure wouln't want those progressives getting main stream ideas into their heads. Oh and even worse CONSERVITIAVE ideas . Why they might start to think about things. How terrible!!
    But yeh - That's what it's all about -complete control- complete communism
     
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    Why shouldn't the TSA block certain websites from their computers? In fact, why are government employees on these websites during working hours in the first place? Why aren't porn sites listed... hmm, never mind, we don't want to restrict the sites the supervisors visit in their personal offices.

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    It's not like people don't still have access to controversial opinion on the internet, right?

    Employers can restrict what their workers access from their work computers. There are other legitimate reasons for certain servers not connecting to certain sites besides disallowing access to the info itself, such as restricting any connection whatsoever for security purposes.
     
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    This is typical policy at most companies. Where I work there are sites that are blocked. I don't know what TSA considers to be "controversial opinion," but this is not alarming to me. It's not like TSA employees can't read controversial material on the Net when they go home.
     
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    I do believe the current administation will do whatever they can to gain control of the internet. That being said, this censorship for TSA employess does not come as a surprise to me. Where I work, certain sites have been blocked for years.
     
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    I'm not questioning at all a practice of blocking certain sites from access by employees using company computers. That actually makes good sense I suppose if you can't trust your people to demonstrate integrity when working for you. I've never worked anywhere for long that I wasn't trusted to get my work done and thus I had no restrictions on the computer. The day the restrictions went on was the day I quit. But then I don't work well without complete freedom. I want to the boss to tell me what he wants accomplished and when he needs it done, and then leave me alone to figure out how to do it. I've been blessed with a lot of bosses who were like that.

    But I also accept that some are comfortable with more structure than that, and some jobs don't lend themselves to that kind of freedom. When guys are on a shift governed by a clock, you don't want them stealing a lot of time from the company.

    BUT. . . .when the 'restricted sites' include 'controversial opinion sites' but not all non work related sites, that just strikes me as a bit more sinister than restricting the computer to work related activities.
     
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    And now the entertainment world is getting into internet bashing too :)

     
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    I think it's because some servers have to defend themselves from something else more sinister and it's not at all personal.
     
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    According to people I know who work in government offices, this has been going on for at least ten years.

    Why is it sudenly a problem?

    Don't employers all reserve the right to limit what people can read online at work?
     

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