Speedhump wrote:It's the possible abuses of the system that are more important. You could justify just about anything by ignoring its possible adverse effects.
Take the web as an example, should all the cyber crimes - hacking, personal data theft, extracting sensitive military data as happened 2 weeks ago, child p0rn...- be reasons to stop the internet service?
Every system has merits and demerits. it's what weighs more that matters.
That's disingenous, the internet per se is a worldwide unorganised collection of computers, it is not a organised system of information collection/distribution controlled by any one body or even country.
Yes there should be some control over internet content, and there is, to hugely varying degrees in different countries, and of course almost completely unenforcable across more than one national boundary without a huge expense of manpower, money and legal requirements. The service providers should not be held accountable for content though, however you can understand if they decide to filter certain types of content for a variety of reasons.
But there is no real comparison between that and the collection of excessive amounts of personal information by a country's governmental body. IMO.
Still, try and stop them.