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Is there any halachic basis for requiring one to filter his internet? Does this fall under the category of "Ikah Darka Achrena Rasha Hu"? If a man is obligated to install a filter, does a woman have the same obligation?

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wasnt there an asifa clarifying these psakim? –  ray Jan 31 '14 at 11:23
Can you translate/explain "ika darka..." for those (like me) who don't know the reference, please? –  msh210 Feb 2 '14 at 2:46
hamodia.com/letters/… for whatever it's worth –  ray Feb 10 '14 at 7:58
@msh210 Here's a short summary of the concept of Ika Darka Achrina (lit. there is another path): The Gemara mentions that one is allowed to walk through streets of 'ill repute' (i.e. places that he might see inappropriate materials) if there is no other path for him to get to his destination (note that it refers to walking through, there is no dispensation to allow staying there). However, the Gemara says that if there is a different path that would avoid this area (Ika Darka Achrina) but he still chooses the inappropriate path, then he is called a wicked person. –  Salmononius2 May 9 '14 at 19:26

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The primary point of your question is the subject of contemporary discussion, and is hard to offer a "conclusion." At the asifa referred to in the comment on your question, it was accepted by many Rabbanim that it would be included in "ikah darka acharina," and it is difficult to find a good reason to differentiate it from that.

Regarding your final question, the Sefer HaChinuch mitzvah 387 says that לא תתורו אחרי לבבכם ואחרי עיניכם applies equally to women as to men. Iggros Moshe Even Haezer 1:69 says that women are not allowed to look at inappropriate pictures in films, and inappropriate internet images would be no different. R' Moshe (ibid) also applies this to seeing inappropriate behavior, and that would seem to extend to reading inappropriate material (since the logic is the thought process it instigates). So if men need a filter for the aformentioned reasons, women would also.

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Internet didnt exist in the time of the shulchan aruch so no psak can be made. What is important is that if a man and woman are in the same room at a workplace the only real heter is to have CCTV 'watching' them all the time.

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CCTV didn't exist either in the time of the Shulchan Aruch, so what is your Psak based on? –  Gershon Gold Jan 31 '14 at 16:16
....why are you talking about Yichud? –  Double AA Jan 31 '14 at 16:17
Cars didn't exist either. Electricity. Toothbrushes. I think we apply the principles of the Gemara and Shulchan Aruch to all new things. –  yEz Jan 31 '14 at 17:13
My psak is based upon them being seen by anyone together. Since the din is if they can be seen by others it is not yichud. This has nothing to do with CCTV not existing in the time of the shulchan aruch. –  k'byochel Feb 1 '14 at 20:45
We dont always apply the principles of the shulchan aruch to new things. Mainly we dont make new 'gezairos' which didnt exist then. The reason I mention yichud is first of all its very important more important than the question and also because of others have come up with an issur yichud with the internet. –  k'byochel Feb 1 '14 at 20:47

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