Common sense scored first this week. Kuku Raadio reported that doctors in Estonia will no longer be issuing excuse notes for schoolkids, meaning that if you're a parent and lie about your kid being sick, it's on your conscience -- doctors won't do your lying for you. That sounds about right and it certainly frees up doctors' schedules for more important things. It's an old Soviet idea that has finally been retired.
Unfortunately, on a separate news item, the nanny state struck right back. Apparently the government can order ISPs to block everyone's access to certain websites -- in this case European online casino websites who haven't sought a license from Estonian authorities. My reading of this is that the Gambling Act and the tax board come before Estonians' constitutional rights.
Personally, I would never gamble real money online (what, in the middle of a recession?), but I find this mechanism outrageous. Can they really do that? So if I wanted to, maybe even if I went through a proxy, I could not check out one corner of the Internet -- one part of the sum of the world's public online information?
How many times in the course of my work have I had to visit sites that may be dubious or immoral (SMS loan providers, escort services, realtors, banks), if only for terminology or legal background, or just to see what a certain menu heading is in the industry? Plenty of times.