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  (Source: Mashable)
Customers will have to "opt in" to view adult content

It appears after much thrusting back and forth by critics and advocates, the UK's controversial plan to censor pornographic content on the internet will reach its climax by the end of this year.   Parliament member Claire Perry, who serves as Prime Minister David Cameron's special advisor on preventing the sexualization and commercialization of childhood, inserted a large plug for the program into her speech at the Westminster eForum on 14 June.

I. Protecting Children or Giving Customers the Shaft?

She comments, according to Wired UK, "[In the UK] we will have filters where if you do nothing, the parental filters will come pre-ticked."

Under pressure from lawmakers, local ISPs have been convinced to abide by the legislation.  The ISPs are now cooperating to thrust the new censorship scheme into the public space.  One small gasp of relief for consumers -- the final policy (to enforce a forced opt-in) isn't quite as hard to swallow as the original rumored proposal, which would have been to ban adult content altogether, similar to China's Great Firewall.

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UK ISPs are giving a stern spanking to adult content. [Image Source: Photo Library]

TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC (LON:TALK) was one of the first to shackle customers to the new policy, forcing new customers to agree to an opt-in form in 2012.  This year it required its grandfathered accounts to similarly opt-in.  TalkTalk's Head of Public Affairs Alexandra Birtles estimates a third of customers have said yes to explicit content.
 
MP Claire Perry
Conservative Party MP Claire Perry [Source: BBC News]

The ISP is probing user reactions to new changes, such as email notifications of when privacy settings are changed (to prevent unauthorized changes from underage users) or time-dependent settings.  She describes the latter option, commenting, "We will have automatic put on, so if you turn the filter off at 9pm, it turns on again at 7am."

II. Users May Simply Look to Sneak Porn in the Back Door

It is worth noting that the changes aren't as drastic as some might think, as they only affect access via home internet connections to certain kinds of adult content.  

One hole in the censorship scheme is the impossibility of fully restricting user-posted pornographic content on various open video and image sharing sites (that are not exclusively pornographic, e.g. imgur or Reddit).  Likewise, identifying adult content shared via filesharing will likely be infeasible.

Further, even the current scheme is not wholly new; adult content has long met stiff resistance of a similar depth from mobile internet carriers in the UK.

MP Perry says that education is as important as censorship/punishment.  She states, "There's something different about the online world, it is anonymous, it is easy, and it is efficient to share imagery.  The analogy I've used with these companies [ISPs and online portal firms] is, 'you've got yourself into a situation, by default, where you are peddling [pornography] to kids in a way that you never intended.'"

The UK will reportedly ban adult content altogether from more open-orifices -- public WiFi networks.  But again, the real world implementations will be limited by practical restrictions in what kinds of content they will be able to identify as "naughty" and ban/filter.

Source: Wired UK



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I agree
By cactusdog on 6/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: I agree
By maevinj on 6/18/2013 10:27:51 AM , Rating: 5
Why should it be the ISP's responsibility and not the parents? My 6 year old is on the internet, but I make sure that I'm using parental control software to make sure they can't access anything they're not suppose to.


RE: I agree
By Helbore on 6/18/2013 12:31:32 PM , Rating: 4
Parental control software has been around for years. It's not hard for parents to keep their children from viewing porn online.

1. Install and configure some parental control software on your PC (assuming it doesn't come with it built-in to the OS already)

2. Do some goddamn parenting and monitor your kids online activities.

Job done.

Oh I know some will argue that kids will find a way to get to porn if they really try - but then that's nothing new. Kids were watching porn long before the internet ever existed. Not only did control and censorship have no effect on said kids ability to acquire porn, said kids also didn't grow up into scarred sexual deviants for having seen some bad actors bumping uglies on a poor VHS tape.


RE: I agree
By vortmax2 on 6/18/2013 4:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
said kids also didn't grow up into scarred sexual deviants for having seen some bad actors bumping uglies on a poor VHS tape.


Define 'scared'. I know plenty of adult men and women who have viewed porn at an early age (non-internet) that have regretted it because it helped shape their perception of sex in a negative way. They have or are now having issues in their marriages because of it. It's way, way more prevalent that any statistic would say.


RE: I agree
By vortmax2 on 6/18/2013 4:47:20 PM , Rating: 2
*scarred*...lol


RE: I agree
By fredgiblet on 6/18/2013 4:31:08 PM , Rating: 2
Also before the internet he only way they could get their fix was, you know, actually fucking. I expect if porn is taken away the teen pregnancy rate will climb.


RE: I agree
By DrizztVD on 6/20/13, Rating: 0
AWESOME!
By AlvinCool on 6/18/2013 8:53:53 AM , Rating: 1
I think this is definitely headed in the right direction. I don't look at porn anyways and it eats up so much bandwidth that I could be using for gaming. I say, censor that porn!




RE: AWESOME!
By BRB29 on 6/18/2013 12:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
I have not seen a normal person who doesn't at least once in a while.


RE: AWESOME!
By Rukkian on 6/18/2013 1:07:51 PM , Rating: 5
There are 2 types of people, those that look at pron, and liars.


RE: AWESOME!
By freedom4556 on 6/18/2013 3:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't look at porn anyways and it eats up so much bandwidth that I could be using for gaming.

Son, that's not how the Internet works. Also, God knows what you're doing in there, and it's a sin.


RE: AWESOME!
By topkill on 6/19/2013 7:25:05 PM , Rating: 2
LMMFAO!!!


Hidden reference?
By chrnochime on 6/17/2013 7:19:14 PM , Rating: 2
Jason are you purposely using all these references to p0rn in your article? Shaft? Back door? LOL




RE: Hidden reference?
By techxx on 6/17/2013 7:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
Why I love it! xD


RE: Hidden reference?
By bsd228 on 6/17/2013 9:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
hidden? These were as subtle as obese girl porn.

Jason - it's really not funny done so forcefully. Subtlety is what you're looking for here.


RE: Hidden reference?
By ProtonBadger on 6/17/2013 10:41:17 PM , Rating: 2
At first I didn't realize it but now it's a real treasure hunt - "inserted a large plug".


RE: Hidden reference?
By ct760ster on 6/18/2013 1:32:08 AM , Rating: 2
Otherwise they would ban this article in the UK ;)


So Basically...
By lolmuly on 6/18/2013 1:55:55 AM , Rating: 2
British women have forced their husbands into a position where they either give up porn, or make it known to their spouse that they view porn. Let's just wait and see if the divorce rate there spikes.




RE: So Basically...
By ShieTar on 6/19/2013 7:45:19 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, Britain has already arrived in the 21st century, and viewing pornography is no longer considered a specifically male activity over here.


RE: So Basically...
By BRB29 on 6/19/2013 8:42:32 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure the UK and Europe is more open to it than the US. When I was there, television and magazines did not hold back on the tits.


RE: So Basically...
By ShieTar on 6/20/2013 8:11:03 AM , Rating: 2
Nudity is not considered pornography in most European countries. Specifically the American fixation on the female nipple is not shared by European youth-protection programs. Specifically in Germany going to the Sauna is often considered a family activity, as are visits to most nude beaches.

Of course actual pornography, generally defined as anything including images or descriptions of primary sexual organs in an "excited" state (i.e. erect for the male part, open/spread for the female part) is banned from any place where children could come into contact with them. That does include the inside of your own home; if you have children or are visited by families, you are forced to securely lock away any explicit material.

Technically, in Germany this only applies to public TV between 6 in the morning and 11 at night; the TV stations do not need to expect children to watch TV at night. In reality, porn isn't shown at night either, with the rare exception of story-driven movies with explicit content, i.e. Catherine Breillats "Romance X".


Exaggeration
By martin5000 on 6/18/2013 6:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
I think reading this article people might get an exaggerated view of what's going on.

Firstly - this issue is only being discussed, no plans are in place. Just because some Labour MP got her knickers in a twist (well I has to get some innuendo in somewhere), doesn't really mean anything at all.

Secondly - the most drastic thing that could happen is that your ISP asks you if you want filtering, with the default answer being yes, more likely all that will happen is they will have to at least offer it as a service. Even more likely still is nothing at all will happen, when people realise filters are easy to bypass and block far to much stuff by accident.

Thirdly - most people reading this is using an ISP who offers filtering already.

Fourthly - Boobs.




RE: Exaggeration
By Denithor on 6/18/2013 8:14:10 AM , Rating: 2
Or, more likely, the ISPs will get together and charge £5/month for "unfiltered" access to the internet.


RE: Exaggeration
By Obujuwami on 6/18/2013 10:17:33 AM , Rating: 2
I think she's worried about the video she made as an 18 year old getting out on the interwebs and embarrassing her.


Sexually Frustrated
By IVIauricius on 6/17/2013 6:55:24 PM , Rating: 3
This lady needs to get laid. Porn keeps men civilized. Haha.




RE: Sexually Frustrated
By WoWCow on 6/18/2013 11:26:42 AM , Rating: 2
just an FYI from the Gents themselves

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-22...


There is already
By Shig on 6/17/2013 5:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
a work around to your draconian BS. Stopping people from watching porn on the internet, lol good one, that's why the internet was invented silly UK.




nigga
By Hilariousity on 6/17/2013 6:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
British Porn cannot be undone and neither can the jokes about british porn!

"almost.... almost.... almost.... there we are... jolly good..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmqbb7Jle9k




By bebimbap on 6/17/2013 6:52:28 PM , Rating: 2
Great Writing
By cditty on 6/17/2013 8:26:10 PM , Rating: 2
I have to give it to you, Jason. Your references in this article were hilarious.




Thanks Jason...
By PitViper007 on 6/18/2013 9:34:31 AM , Rating: 2
You made me smile and laugh this morning, and I needed it. :)




By dstephens80 on 6/18/2013 2:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
The parents should be responsible if this is really about protecting children. And I know that parental control software can be bypassed, thats why I personally use a pfSense firewall with Dansguardian, Privoxy(For adblock) and HAVP antivirus. Set up as a transparent proxy it is almost impossible to bypass. You cannot download porn/viruses on my network. Cost next to nothing since it uses any PC, so grab a spare and protect yourselves. Don't give your government/ISPs the power.




I need a cigarette...
By LBID on 6/18/2013 5:13:33 PM , Rating: 2
...after reading that article.




By Cr0nJ0b on 6/18/2013 6:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously...I get the joke...Oh, look it's another pun. ha. ha,

you said "hole"...

boy..that was a good one...

May I suggest that the creative writing exercise be kept to the forums or some other site?

I seriously couldn't even get through this article. My eyes kept rolling back in my head...Get it...did you see what I did there? Head...get it?

I've seen Jason do this a few other times in the past and I frankly think it's stupid and annoying.

I actually enjoy reading most of your articles Jason, even with your huge slant...but this is just trite crap...sorry.




!!!!asd
By JessMcGuire65 on 6/19/2013 11:49:20 AM , Rating: 2
up to I saw the receipt ov $4323, I be certain that my mom in-law could really making money in there spare time on their apple labtop.. there dads buddy had bean doing this for less than eleven months and a short time ago repaid the loans on their mini mansion and purchased a new Honda. go to, wwwEXIT35.COM




Claire Perry
By piroroadkill on 6/17/13, Rating: -1
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson














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