Re: TECH: Is PICS a threat to Free Speech?

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Sat, 28 Jun 1997 17:02:03 -0700 (PDT)

> It seems we have a misunderstanding. I know that the intent of PICS is
> to give the user freedom to filter whatever they want. And that is not
> my concern. My point is that I have heard that PICS can be used to
> censor OTHER people! . . .

Then you heard wrong. PICS cannot /itself/ censor anything; a PICS
bureau is a source of information, nothing more. It is the /users/
of that information who can use it to censor if they desire, but one
cannot blame a technology for its misuse. To paraphrase the NRA on
that subject: PICS doesn't censor people, people censor people.

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