Adam Thierer gives a persuasive rundown of The Perils of Mandatory Parental Controls and Restrictive Defaults [warning: that’s a PDF] in our computers and other communications devices at the Progress and Freedom Foundation site. There has been legislative noise that we women can’t handle the complex task of keeping our kids safe online—even though we manage television, books, movies, and even the morass of car seat options—and that mandatory controls should come with any gear we buy—effectively removing the parent from the “parental control” scenario. This is a rights-usurping concept so let’s not let them sneak it past us.