State to censor internet traffic?
The Star Tribune is running an interesting article.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (which enforces gambling in the state) instructed 11 national and regional ISPs to stop allowing access for Minnesota-based computers to some 200 online gambling sites (as such sites are illegal in the state of Minnesota).
This raises some serious concerns if it holds up in court (which I can't believe it would). This is the beginning of state censorship. Next stop: China.
After this takes effect, what's next? Shutting down IRC because of predators? Blocking access to sites on how to make a bomb, etc, etc, etc? The end of online porn?
This has some serious First Amendment issues...