I’ve never suffered the degradation of working in an organization that acted as my Net Mommy– one that told me I was not old enough or mature enough to monitor my own internet activity.

I pity my colleagues in Australia where, as one emailed me tonight, some arbitrary machine of divine intelligence has decided that the organization I work for, the New Media Consortium is on the nasty list for the crime of … “Arts/Entertainment”:

blocking-arts

Yep, the NMC, which is a not-for profit educational organization that focuses on emerging technologies, that worked with Australia to provide its own Horizon Report, would be seen in some reppressive workplaces as worth banning… based on WTF?

This strategy is one for which our court systems usually assume innocence until proven guilty, yet in the “Lock ’em down tight” world of Firewalls, you are guilty until proven innocent. The assignment of “guilt” is not made known or explained, but one has to call some phone number, and plead for innocence?

This is stark raving stupidity, and again, I am baffled by a system that can deny me access to information based on arbitrary means. Not much has changed down under since I two years ago whinged on Net Bans, News by Inneundo, Mommies.

Blocking = Stupid (and is retrograde to innovation).

Ironic Update: The person who shared this, when given the link to CogDogBlog, returned another “ACCESS DENIED” screen shot– the CogDogBlog falls under that nefarious category of “Blog/Personal”– so if you take the entire web space- remove everything that is “Arts/Enternainment” and “Blog/Personal” what does that leave? Riddle me this…

The post "Mind Numbing Stupidity of Blocking (“that’s entertainment”)" was originally emerged from the primordial ooze and first walked on land at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2009/05/stupidity-of-blocking/) on May 10, 2009.

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