Letter: Control of the Net

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The Independent Culture
Sir: In his Right of Reply (8 February), John Carr castigates libertarians who oppose government regulation of the Internet as nihilistic and cynical. He then states that while he has no wish to interfere with whatever adults may choose to view, there has to be protection for children.

I oppose government regulation of the Net not because I wish to plumb the depths of depravity, but because as an adult I am capable of exercising my own judgement. As a parent, I don't want my daughter viewing material I consider inappropriate. I will therefore supervise her use of the Net until she has sufficient judgement and maturity to decide for herself. I would rather take the trouble to do this than rely on government.


Stanford le Hope, Essex