Content Control

access denied content controlSecurity and privacy play an important role in any company, subsequently guidelines have to be in place to protect us from the harm that we can bring to a company. Especially when associates have to balance on every thread the world wide web has. To take away some of the unstable threads in the web, content control protects us from choosing the “wrong” paths through the web. By means of categories, content is checked for the user and if proven from a prohibited category, the user is prompted with a message displayed in the image to the right.

“The motive is often to prevent access to content which the computer’s owner(s) or other authorities may consider objectionable.” [1]

What is wrong with this?

In essence I agree with the use of content control software to protect one from bringing harm to a company and its reputation. The problem is introduced when the world around is changing in such a fast pace, it spawns a lot of web tools/sites that either hurt a company or not. Making a choice as to what is objectionable, is where the lines starts to get blurry. In some countries the government is blocking certain content and consequently censoring its people on what is available. On a country level there’s nothing you can really do about, apart from revolting against the government.

Where it goes wrong on a company level, is when the world is asking from an associate to be agile, responsive, lean or fast, but the web tools/sites that can get him/her there are blocked by means of content control. In my beliefs the word “control” is a dubious word because, to what extend does control reach. Can you leave the judgement of content at the associate, or does a company control this decision for them.

Early adopt or too late

twitterEarly adopting is impossible when the tools you use to be agile, responsive, lean or fast are not at your disposal. As an example at the time that Twitter came to life and people started using it, categorizing such web tools/sites was done in a “time-wasting-social-non-company-stuff” category. When people who used Twitter started complaining publicly about a bad service/product/experience from a company, suddenly the web tool/site was something you needed to be aware of if a company wants satisfied customers.

Ask thyself

Does a company trust its associates or are they going to continue the denial of service, is the question that should be asked when any company wants to house the people of the future. Can a company trust an associate in their judgement, once he or she has been made aware of  possible weary threads in the web? Put in different words; does a company want a competitive edge and jump on the bandwagon[2] when it is taking off, or hop on when the pie is already sliced and distributed?

My Final thoughts

More often then not a web tool/site which is proven to be of good use is blocked within companies. Making a choice for a product no longer lies with the early adopting associate, but in the hands of a content control software and its settings. Trying to get the web tool/site/service/add-on unblocked is a road that mostly leads no where, this is where I ask myself should I just comply or revolt?

So far I’ve seen too many of my preferable web tools/sites/services/add-ons/browsers locked away behind a controlled door, even if it’s a paid for tool/site by personal means to make/execute my work better…

[1] Contrent Control SoftwareSource: wikipedia.org

[2] Bandwagon-effectSource: wikipedia.org