Apr 192010
 April 19, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance, Youth & Schools

Justin Kwong writes:

The government of Korea announced last week that it would seek to cut off or dramatically slow young gamers’ Internet access between Midnight and 8:00 AM in an effort to cut down on incidents of addiction and other harms associated with extended MMO sessions.  This news quickly made headlines around the world (e.g. NPR and BBC News), but what caught my attention wasn’t that the potential over-reach of government but this line from the BBC article “[The government] is asking the companies to monitor the national identity numbers of their players, which includes the age of the individual.”  This is probably the first time that I have seen any sort of ID Layer in practice and the lack of news attention to that issue was stunning.

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