Sixty years ago it would have been a Commie flagging button.
Forty years ago it would have been a button to flag a Dirty Hippy.
Twenty years ago it'd have been a Denounce-a-Doper button.
Alarmist politicians: bringing you a different instance of the same buggy social design pattern since 500BC.
(Besides, there's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attica_Prison_riot. Granted, the scale is different, but it's not like you need to be a communist dictatorship to engage in bloody suppression of prison uprisings.)
Is there any sort of existing standard ?
(I assume that's what you were referring to.)
Edit: There's nothing like a tour of a place like Dachau to put these things in perspective. I wouldn't say I "recommend" it, because it was one of the least uplifting things I've done, but it's certainly educational.
But it happened again and it will happen again because there have been, there are and there will always be sociopathic leaders who don't give a fuck how many people they crush on their way to power. They know full well the hows and whys of previous genocides and wasteful wars, they know lots of people suffered but they also know that some people benefited — at least for a while — from all this misery.
They did/do/will seriously consider chasing down minorities, limiting free speech, blocking scientific research, declaring wars.
As long as they get some benefit.
As long as they aren't on the wrong side of the stick.
I disagree. The resurgence of neo-Nazi movements and Holocaust denial suggests that your argument is incorrect.
Most of these movements are built around a leader's father-like character and the removal of all responsibility from the shoulders of the small guys.
That's how you push a nation to slaughter its minorities. That's how all the small guys can manage their guilt.
All of the fascist skinheads and young royalists and whatnots I've fought against have had the exact same education as me. All of them knew about the holocaust, the armenian genocide and so on because - like me - they were exposed to the same books and classes and documentaries.
Watching hours of emaciated prisoners and dumped corpses is guaranteed to disturb anybody. Most people will react by rejecting the images and the causes: they will say this shit is horrible and, for the rest of their lives, will be able to connect the dots.
Some people, the sociopaths I was talking about, will react by thinking that all these horrors were deserved, that the perpretators were right, that the west betrayed them and so on. They won't be a lot but they will find each others. The coldest and the more charismatic among them will take the role of leader and you'll have a new group of neo-Nazis.
A shorter version of my argument would be "They are perfectly capable of connecting the dots. But what disgusts most of us is somehow seen by them as acceptable.". I don't think the resurgence of neo-Nazis invalidates my point.
Quite the contrary.
But how many know about any other victims?
When church leaders in the US talk about removing homosexuals from the community, or councils in the UK evict gypsies - do they get the hint?
And by choosing helpless/"immoral" victims.
And it works. Obviously.
It's all jokes but you can seriously see how government control over something as mundane as browser standards could go horribly wrong.
Morally it's hard to counter public policy that claims to make you safer because you're asking someone to not care about the safety of "our children".
Biologically asking someone to not be afraid is asking them to use rational thought to counter a hard coded evolutionary mechanism.
The existence of government at all is dependent and predicated on fear. If we don't fear anarchy and foreign powers, we won't see a need for government.
Fear for our lives and fear for our souls are what fuels the two largest organisations on the planet.
Lieberman is doing a clumsy job of using a well honed tool to try to expand government power. It is pathetic in it's simplicity and predictability and incredible that he can't see the political parallels between this and tagging books as "dangerous".
But I don't think Joe is a stupid man. I think he is being controlled by powerful forces. Through our HN, Reddit, slashdot and techmeme lenses we see the Internet and it's disruption at a micro level. We forget the massive macro disruption that is occurring and that is destroying enormous old profitable businesses.
If you are the CEO of a record label, film studio, newspaper conglomerate or book publisher you are scared out of your wits because a massive, and possibly the only competitive barrier to entry has fallen: distribution. Your printing presses, distribution centers, record stores and logging companies aren't needed by a competitor. Information distribution has become free.
Incumbents can't compete with the likes of Google, Amazon and Apple because they've sucked up all the hot tech talent and startups are consuming the rest. So the only strategy left is to disrupt the distribution medium. Break the Internet - or at least sieze control of it and regulate yourself back into a competitive position.
There is enormous pressure on our senators and congressmen to use any excuse they can to regulate the Internet. Creating a non-level playing field is the only bullet many old world businesses have left to fight the innovators and the only politically acceptable excuse is fear.
Any politician who wants to limit the freedom of communication on the Internet has declared themselves disingenuous at best.
Some of them probably know what the main agenda really is, like the main sponsors of the bill. But many of the others probably don't and they actually think that by voting for a bill like SOPA they are doing a good thing overall, and they are actually saving people's jobs (once they fall for MPAA's whole propaganda), and don't even take into consideration that by "protecting" those jobs, they could be destroying a lot more, not just economy-wise, but liberty wise, too, simply by voting for a bill like SOPA, which was of course mainly written by MPAA/RIAA themselves.
This is why I cringed when I watched the CNN GOP debate the other night and some of them were basically saying they would listen to the "experts" or "advisors" and go with whatever they are proposing. This is how we keep passing laws like these. Because the politicians themselves lack any common sense or leadership, and mindlessly pass a bill that is completely written by some corporations, or they listen to advisors who have an interest in continuing the wars, and so on. Many times they don't even read the bills themselves before they vote. They just decide on what they hear from other colleagues or from the "experts".
But the problem just keeps popping back up.
In Australia we had the very-close run thing of the ISP based internet filter. This got as far as live trials. Most people didn't mind an opt-in filter, but this one had no unfiltered option.
The government planned to hand off censorship to some type of unelected board, and the entire thing was cloaked in secrecy, so you weren't allowed to know the contents of the 'filtered' content (because they say that just makes people go and look at them, a circular argument if ever there was one).
Of course they promised it would only be kiddie porn, terrorists and all that type of thing.
Then the trial list got leaked onto Wikileaks and of course there were all sorts of ordinary sites caught up in the mesh (some had been hacked by porn sites in the past, but had been cleaned up again). There were others that didn't fall under the government criteria, and it was just obvious they didn't have any intention to stick to their own criteria.
Luckily a close election was forecast so the government dumped the thing as it needed every vote it could.
But, as you say, the entrenched businesses and terrified of being taken out of business and are doing everything they can to get controls placed onto the internet.
Australian retailers are getting killed by internet imports and internet price-checking (ie, going into a retail store, picking the item, checking on a phone for a better price, and ordering online). The big-name retailers have already moaned to the government to do something, which of course they got laughed at by the general public so dropped it.
But the point is this ; if the tools were there, the government might have proposed a 'report for being un-Australian site' type button. It's equally possible to imagine a 'report for exporting jobs overseas' button - or whatever other crazy scenarios you can think of.
I can't see it stopping until a constitutional amendment or similar high-level decision is made declaring government fiddling off limits. There's US constitutional protection for owning a gun, or freedom of speech, but not one guaranteeing a free internet. Eventually free internet is likely to become as important as both put together.
Now the government only has to give subsidies to ISPs that do 'voluntarily block content' with a "$9.8 million scheme". Much like UK's censorship regime.
I'm sorry, it's already happening.
Perhaps Google could integrate a method for reporting abuse directly on the blogs themselves. Obviously, there is no need to distinguish terrorism from other forms of abusive activity until you're filling out a complaint form, and Lieberman is simply trying to get some press coverage as 'tough on terrorism' from his constituents, as per his MO.
Edit: the quip was in fact referring to content, not blogs. I'm still not sympathetic to the proposal, which is about getting Google to advertise this guy's fear-based ideology.
The submitted article, from TheVerge, has quite rudely hidden the attribution at the bottom of the article, in a colored text block which lacks usual link/clickable styling. I suggest submissions featuring TheVerge should be discouraged whenever they are just wrapping and obscuring another originating source.
The one link they do give is at the bottom, where many readers won't have even scrolled to, and in the sort of grayed text block many viewers skim over as ad or decoration.
Others have the same criticism of TheVerge's style:
This is especially egregious when an aggregator is primarily regurgitating the same details as from the single original source, who barely gets any credit at all. There's no reason for a site like HN to prefer the link-jacking, link-stingy aggregator in such cases. (Sometimes, mods even change the submission to reflect the more-primary story-originating site.)
So that's what was missing from the Internet to finally stop terrorism. Mr. Lieberman seems to believe that the Internet is a fully-functional piece of technology with the most mature set of users. The second a flag button is put anywhere on the Internet, it is ripe for abuse.
And what happens if I mistakenly click the "Flag as Terrorist" button on a post? Can I take it back, or is the author now on all watch lists?
The Internet is functioning as well as needed, thank you.
Am I to assume this flagging button is only for use on violent Islamist extremists?
Every video has a "Flag as inappropriate" link (it's a picture of a flag) that lets you choose Reason->Violent or Repulsive Content->Promotes Terrorism.
A quick search through the YouTube Terms of Service and the YouTube Community Guidelines, find nothing for "terror" or anything similar.
 - http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=9...
 - http://www.youtube.com/t/terms
 - http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines?gl=CA&hl=e...
Terrorism is a lot less effective when it's treated like an ordinary crime instead of something different or special. It's best if we, as a society make it easy for people to report it to law enforcement.
Would last about an hour I think.
Maybe he should ask Facebook for a "vote this person to gitmo" button so we can turn in neighbors we don't like.
How is this joker who changes party affiliation with however the wind is blowing still around?
Do it! Please God let this happen. Let someone's totally brain dead idea happen so it completely buries them because they were too blinded by their own petty hates and stupidity that they couldn't even think one step ahead.
I think the best way to deal with people like Joe Lieberman is to give them everything they ask for.
I'm certain that all the blogs in the world are scraped in real time by various intelligence services in the federal government.
What Senator Lieberman should be asking for is to have Google send them several engineers to improve the algorithms that flag the terrorist blogs for them.
It rings incredibly false to you and to me because, after all, we're not the target audience. But he knows exactly what he's doing. He does not care if terrorists are caught - in fact, it's all the better for him if they aren't! All he cares about is that voters see him as an island of strength in a chaotic world of dimly perceived threats. He's actually pretty good at it, which is why he's been voted back to Congress again and again for years, even when his own party threw up its collective hands and ran against him.
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No, sorry, he's worse than that. A terrorist kills a couple of people, a few hundred if he's really lucky. By contrast, this guy is a big contributor in screwing a nation of 300 million people. How do I flag such devastating damage?