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Re: [Taler] [address@hidden: 'Oh, that's an idea...': U.S. parents respo

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [Taler] [address@hidden: 'Oh, that's an idea...': U.S. parents respond to China screen time ban]
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2021 23:10:01 -0400

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  > So if a
  > government is happy with making it easy for parents to restrict how
  > their kids use the Internet for gaming, this will do. But it will not
  > prevent minors from doing something if they have their parent's consent.

This would not satisfy China, but in a western country it might be
accepted.  If the government aims to give parents control over their
offspring, it might agree to let adults identify themselves as adults
by paying with an adults-only Taler.
  > All that said, I think the clause "to a certain amount of time" is the
  > killer here, because implementing this requires re-identifying and thus
  > tracking users over time, which is inherently incompatible with good
  > privacy.

To do precisely this to each minor would require each minor to have
one and only one account.

So let's distinguish between (1) what the site does to minors and (2)
how you can show you are not a minor.  I don't say Taler will help
with (1).  I do say it could help with (2).

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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