R: [governance] If web-platforms are "criminally responsible for

Roland Perry roland at internetpolicyagency.com
Fri Mar 5 07:30:52 EST 2010

In message <968805.77319.qm at web83905.mail.sp1.yahoo.com>, at 21:16:07 on 
Thu, 4 Mar 2010, Eric Dierker <cogitoergosum at sbcglobal.net> writes
>We should not strive to rid our selves of people.  But of bad acts. 

I agree. There's no need to deny criminals their rightful access to 
resources, as long as it's not part of their criminal activity (for 
example, we still allow dentists to cure the toothache of bank robbers).

So when I say "rid [the Internet] of criminals", I do indeed mean "rid 
the Internet of their criminal acts".

>Before you ask "should victims have rights?" you should realize that 
>all must have rights,

Different rights. The criminals have a right to dentistry, but not a 
right to rob people via the Internet.

Although I have heard people saying that criminals should be denied the 
benefits of "modern communications", as part of their punishment. And I 
think we do try to avoid people in jail having access to mobile phones.
Roland Perry
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