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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RE: As a british subject
by Icaria on Wed 12th Oct 2011 15:31 UTC in reply to "As a british subject"
Icaria
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People living in england will be able to more effectively control what their children see.

No, they won't. DNS filters are trivial to circumvent.

I just hope this doesn't work by using keywords

As has been explained multiple times in this thread, it's a DNS filter. Word filtering on this scale would result in a return to dial-up speeds.

I would still like my children to be able to access encyclopedias and other authoritive sources of information about the human body, and sex, but not have access to porn and such.

Then keep the PCs out of their rooms, put them in an open area, put a password on the PC, install filtering software at home. Any of the above. There's no reason why you have to wait for your gov't to do it. You were never powerless, only ignorant and you don't have that excuse any more.

Can't see that this has anything to do with freedom of speech, no ones freedom of speech has been taken away... if anyone wants to see this stuff they can
Creating a DNS filter that blocks out web sites, is enabled by default and is marketed as being 'anti child exploitation' is actively silencing sites that end up on the filter list. Even if it were strictly limited to porn, porn is still a valid form of speech.

if anything some peoples freedom to silence has been removed... they must now stand up and say I want to watch simulated rape and so on... which is a sacrafice I can live with.

This sentence doesn't even make sense. It's a binary: it's either on, or it's off. You don't get to tick each sub-genre of porn you want to watch.

The people who want this kind of stuff are adults, so they shoudl be adult enough to admit to wanting to watch it...
Well all I can say is may all your indiscretions and proclivities be listed and potentially published, too.

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