Iceland’s Minister of the Interior Ogmundur Jonasson (cough, please) wants to ban pornography in his country … and not just on government computers. Jonasson actually wants to give the Icelandic government the power to ban internet porn in people’s homes and businesses.
“If we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet,” Jonasson said recently.
Um … we hate to break it to this Nordic Big Brother but Iceland didn’t send a man to the moon, America did. And we love our porn.
Anyway, how is Iceland’s government going to define porn? Its leaders aren’t sure. And how is Iceland’s government going to enforce this ban on porn? Again. Not sure. And what about non-porn companies which handle porn-related credit card subscriptions? Yeah … Iceland hasn’t figured that out yet, either.
Most importantly, if Iceland’s government succeeds in banning porn, what’s next? Seriously … what other vices will its leaders seek to eradicate in the name of the public good?
This is a slippery slope if we’ve ever seen one … (errrrr wait, maybe that’s not the best metaphor for this story).
Let’s hope this bid – like any effort to restrict individual liberty on the internet – fails to gain traction.