Not to be outdone by the threat of file sharing, the Senate is getting into the act of protecting us from ourselves online. US Senators today made a bipartisan call for the universal implementation of filtering and monitoring technologies on the Internet in order to protect children at the end of a Senate hearing for which civil liberties groups were not invited.
Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (Alaska) both argued that the Internet was a dangerous place where parents alone will not be able to protect their children.
"While filitering and monitoring technologies help parents to screen out offensive content and to monitor their child's online activities, the use of these tehnologies is far from universal and may not be fool-proof in keeping kids away from adult material," Sen. Inouye said. "In that context, we must evaluate our current efforts to combat child pornography and consider what further measures may be needed to stop the spread of such illegal material over high-speed broadband connections." Hey, I'm all for stopping child porn, but putting Ted "It's All Tubes" Stevens in charge of anything Internet-related is like asking Ted Kennedy to be a designated driver. I guess personal responsibility is just too outdated these days.