I own several computers, and several "smart" devices. All of these allow me to connect to wired and wireless network interfaces. From them, I can discuss topics of interest with millions of others. Some of those topics might be dangerous, perhaps even treasonous, to governments and agents of those governments which is nothing short of terrorism. Some of those topics may lead to social upset; some people might feel offended to the point that they seek to take their own lives or to do violence to others. Of course, you and I aren't involved in treason, or bullying or inflammatory talk, but others might be, and that's irresponsible and we can't have irresponsible use of the internet, can we?
Originally Posted by Wolverine
While owning and using network connected computers, why is the prospect of supporting full registration of all internet accounts with the government such a bad prospect? It's internet control that protects our rights. Obviously, I don't want us to live like they do in Cuba, where all social media is outlawed because the government fears social movements. It doesn't even have be like China where most internet sites are blocked or carefully monitored. Just registration. That's all I'm asking for. It's to keep you safe, citizen. That's why I support reasonable computer and internet registration, such as requiring that all forum accounts on any forum site contain real contact information and that information be registered with the government. All bloggers must register their blogs with the government so that anything that is written that may cause problems can be traced back to the author. That's not so bad, right?
In answer to your questions, if the government controls who and who may not have access to the means of self defense, then there is no right to it. It's simply a grant of privilege.
Last edited by BleedingHeadKen; Mar 27 2012 at 09:14 AM.
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