About a month ago, there was an article about an Australian woman whose internet access was cut off after her telephone company repeatedly warned her about malware on her computer.

Malware on a computer is a classic externality problem.  As long as your computer still works well enough, you might not really care about the negative things it is doing.  Alternatively, you may not have the skill necessary to remove it, or a safe backup  to which you could revert.  Thus, I don’t mind ISPs walling off computers which are known to be infected.  This might be the only way to get people to clean up their computers.

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