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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I worry about you, UK.
by Ravyne on Fri 14th Oct 2011 00:53 UTC
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If the system makes you opt-in to receive adult content (or, alternatively expressed, opt-out of the filtering which prevents delivery) then this is very worrying.

If the system makes you opt-in to the filtering, then I'm not so bothered, except to the extent the government has taken it upon themselves at the request of the "Mother's Union", whatever that is (presumably, an organization full of conservative, worry-wart busy-bodies -- the type we also have here in the States, unfortunately.)

What worries me about the government being involved, is that this sounds like an awful good way to test out a system which might block content that the government deems objectionable in the future. Although no suystem will be impenetrable, if you wanted to see how people might attempt to circumvent a filtering system 10 or 20 years from now, you could pick a worse place to start than looking at what today's kids are doing to get at porn.

The overall trend in Britain recently is quite disturbing though. They're now the third most surveilled state in the world, just behind, IIRC, China and North Korea. Now their government may be preparing to implement the types of filtering that China and N. Korea already do -- and yet, the populace seems to be sitting by and saying "sure, but it won't be used that way here". It never is, until it is.

Of course America is faring only marginally better over the past 10 years, and we have many other problems with Government.

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