Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Oct 2011 15:22 UTC
Internet & Networking "BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin will be asked to offer customers the option to block adult content during subscription According to new measures to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, online pornography watchers will have to place a special request with their Internet Service providers (ISPs) to watch pornographic or sexualised content online. The prime minister is holding a summit at No.10 today with 30 media and retail executives, including broadcasters, magazine editors, trade bodies and advertisers, said the Daily Mail. Cameron is expected to announce the crackdown after Mothers Union charity chief executive Reg Bailey submitted a report on the matter after six months of study." The fact that this can happen in Great Britain just goes to show how brittle concepts like freedom of speech really are. Where people in the Arab world fight for the kinds of freedom we have, we in the west just hand them over to extremists. Un-frakking-believable. Any British folk in here? How on earth did you guys let this happen?
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My understanding of this proposal...
by PhilPotter on Tue 11th Oct 2011 15:53 UTC
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...is that this will only apply to new subscribers of the various ISPs. Existing consumers will not be forced into admitting they watch porn - also, as mentioned in the article, the choice will be presented at the time of subscription, not afterwards. There is no suggestion of this being a special list that the government will have instant access to - it will be individual to each ISP, and subject to data protection legislation. Having said that, it could be argued this is a slippery slope.

All they will probably do is offer a more restrictive DNS service which is trivial for any knuckle-shuffler to override anyway. As a British person, I am not awfully worried about this current proposal, although I do agree it sets a worrying precedent.

Edited 2011-10-11 15:54 UTC

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