Re: Blog from Sue about censorship, editorial judgement, and image filters
--- On Sat, 1/10/11, Theo10011 <de10011@...> wrote:
From: Theo10011 <de10011@...>
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Blog from Sue about censorship, editorial judgement, and image filters
To: "Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List" <foundation-l@...>
Date: Saturday, 1 October, 2011, 1:58
> We're not suggesting that as far as I know. Nothing is being removed from
> the sites. 
No, it is only being hidden. Based on an arbitrary system of categories that
can be exploited. We are indeed hiding our content, same as any dictatorial
regime who chooses to hide works of literature, art or knowledge (I hope the
last one is not us) from its people.
You are aware, aren't you, that content is only hidden if the user specifically says they would
like to hide content in that category? That is why it is an opt-in filter. If you don't make a point
of opting in, you won't even know it's there.
Unless you go into your account set-up and take the trouble to specify that you personally
do not wish to see a particular category of images, you will see everything that you see
now. Even if you have switched the filter on, you can still change your mind and view any
image. One click on it is enough to show it. So what you are describing simply bears no
relation to reality.
If you want to make a valid counterargument, say that you are worried that some censorious
ISPs and countries might use our category definitions as a starting point for a bolt-on
censorship system that restricts access to these images. However, be clear that then it
would be *them* who would be hiding our content, not us. The worst you can accuse us of