TECH: Is PICS a threat to Free Speech?

Paul Hughes (
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 13:34:15 PDT

Now that the CDA has been defeated in the Supreme Court, pundits are
focusing on user-education and self-filtering programs. PICS has been
mentioned as an up and coming standard for user-filtration. However,
WIRED has mentioned that PICS could be used by anybody to censor others
without their knowledge or consent.

Is this going to be a problem? And can anybody explain to me how this
could be done? And most importantly since this a technical form of
censorship, is there a technical way around it?

B. Whalen

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