Filter the internet: Routing around our moral obligation.

If individuals retain a moral obligation to filter the inappropriate material accessible to children online in the same way they have done for off line material, society as a whole could achieve what legislation has failed to do; control what our children see and post online. If this new moral paradigm is achieved we can provide safe environments for our children online without the need for government intervention and tight legislative controls. For this to occur though, we must first assess the data surrounding our fears and desires for control of online environments, and seek a better accord of how the internet acts as intermediary for offline behaviors.  This essay will focus on the social desire to filter pornography and other material deemed inappropriate for children, because child protection issues are often the point of convergence between freedom, as promoted by the anti-censorship movement, and of the control trumpeted as necessary by the pro-filter lobby.

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Scaling the walls of personalised curation

Curation is the art of telling a story.  As soon as a piece of content attracts a title, comment or reference to another work, it has been curated (Shott, 1996). This essay will argue that online, curation is too often used as a tool of expedient initiation and personalisation, which leads to data lockout, and walled information ecologies that are hard to navigate. This paper will discuss the pitfalls of allowing the content we interact with, produce and consume to be curated for us, rather than curating it for ourselves.

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