Regulation by Configuring an Option
I talked about social protocols over a year ago on "Internet Control" and concluded with:
"A social protocol is not so much an 'Internet Control,' but a way of using meta-data and negotiation to control the interactions one has with others on the Internet/Web."
In the PICSRules debate, critics missed the true danger: regulations on the UI. As you promote configuration and preference expression to the UI (good things), governments may shift their strategy from infrastructure to UI.