Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 15:21 UTC
Internet & Networking "Every household in Britain connected to the internet will be obliged to declare whether they want to maintain access to online pornography, David Cameron will announce on Monday." And so, the UK nanny state turns to straight up censorship. Let's look at some of the authoritarian policies that David Cameron wishes to enact.
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What's going on?
by kjn9 on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 17:22 UTC
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Elections aren't until 2015, so what's going on?

There has been a very slick PR campaign in the UK, led by Claire Perry MP, and backed by a number of prominent female journalists and a newspaper or two. Their combined technical knowledge is close to zero, and they have ignored the obvious technical difficulties in their proposals, even when explicitly advised of them:

It is literally pointless trying to reason with them, because their stance is not a product of reason. Rather, they have a visceral dislike of online pornography, and a determination to see it regulated by government, irrespective of any technical or ethical difficulties. Many of the basement-dwelling porn lovers who step up to argue with Perry serve the latter's cause as useful straw men. Anyone more sensible is quietly ignored. Perry et al are highly skilled at PR and politics, and they have got what they said they wanted. If it doesn't work, they will be back asking for more, and they will probably get it. "Think of the children" is an irresistible political proposition.

Having said that, I am surprised by the ease with which mainstream search engines can apparently be used to find child porn and extreme porn. The regulation, or self-regulation, of search engines is overdue. The ones that pretend not to be evil will have to lose this large and lucrative slice of their market, which will go instead to offshore search engines that make no such pretence.

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