Views on cyber-safety-petition
As a company specialising in online communication, we strongly oppose this proposal, believing that attempts to censor the Internet will always have unintended consequences that interfere unacceptably and in completely unplanned ways with the business, leisure and cultural lives of those millions of people worldwide who use it. We furthermore believe that seeking technological solutions to the problem of addressing 'unsuitable' content (whoever attempts to define this very slippery concept) always fail because there is no solution that actually works as intended - it always ends up limiting access to content that would be deemed perfectly acceptable even to those who aimed to impose the censorship in the first place. Examples are legion and would take up too much space to quote at length here. The Internet works because it is unfiltered. Start filtering and it will cease to work. We consider that a more appropriate solution would be for religious, political or cultural lobby groups to retreat into their own self-defined areas of online activity, perhaps through commercially commissioning some kind of portal system, which could then operate on an 'opt-in' model for any subscribers who wished to use it. And which would not be imposed on those who did not. This seems to us much more effective and likely to achieve their stated aims than a heavy-handed and deeply inappropriate attempt to prioritise one set of values at the expense of many alternative viewpoints and to destroy the diversity, plurality and tendentiousness that makes the World Wide Web the extraordinary, wonderful creation that it is.