“I don’t know if it’s art, but I like it.” I think Walt Disney said it first, but the Joker delivered it the best.
If you like ransomware, botnets and viruses then maybe your taste in art is a little avant-garde.
I guess it’s possible that there’s a concept artist out there making an artistic statement by ransoming corporate data (has anyone seen Banksy lately?) but I have my doubts. Most reasonable people would agree that content whose only objective is to steal people’s money is not free speech.
Organizations have the right and (if they store personal data) the legal obligation to protect their systems, devices and networks from bad actors. This includes public institutions, like libraries, that must keep their systems free from malware to protect not only their own network but the users of their public WiFi as well. In fact, anyone offering public WiFi could make the world a better place by protecting the users on the network rather than just offering-up free bandwidth.
So, what about homeowners and individuals? Well, dad used to say “my house, my rules”. Filtering potential hackers and malware from your home network just seems like common sense. A guest who joins your WiFi network could be the way malware is introduced to your home. Home users have at least some personal responsibility to protect their systems and data.
DNS filtering is the equivalent of a water treatment facility–it protects from illness.