[governance] NYT opinion by Vint Cerf: Internet Access is not a HR

Roland Perry roland at internetpolicyagency.com
Fri Jan 6 06:13:23 EST 2012

In message <BAY163-W197913CE58BFF3C0518082FF940 at phx.gbl>, at 00:42:06 on 
Fri, 6 Jan 2012, Yrjö Länsipuro <yrjo_lansipuro at hotmail.com> writes
>Roland mentions internet access in jails.  It is now tried out in 
> Finland in three minimum security prisons and will be extended to all 
>(14) soon, not as a right but as a means to help people serving their 
>sentences to study, to seek employment and to generally to prepare for 
>life after prison. 

And that sounds like a very good thing to do, but I expect it's not the 
"uncensored and unmonitored" Internet access that most people wish for.

>I agree with Avri that the most valuable point of the op-end is at the 
>end: technologists should focus on creating rights-enabling 
>technologies instead of rights-disabling ones.

This is also something highly desirable, and don't let us forget that as 
well as being protected from the viruses and worms, we should be 
protected from the *effects* of those viruses and worms - including 
destruction of data, identity and monetary theft, scams and invasions of 
our privacy. Technology can help give that protection.
Roland Perry
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