Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Censorship by Computer

Did anybody out there really think computers have been developed in order to promote freedom of speech and freedom of the press? Liz Klimas reports on a new computer program intended to "prevent policy violations before they occur":

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/07/policy-checker-google-developing-feature-that-monitors-problematic-phrases/

Hmm. "Problematic phrases" like "defund Obamacare"? Or maybe Apple computers would be programmed to find phrases like "buy a Dell computer" "problematic"? I hate to break the news to those of us who've found computers liberating, but Hitler would have loved the Internet. Buy a typewriter...before the next election you may need one.