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David Cameron   (Source: sbnation.com)
The idea is to protect children and keep "extreme pornography" out of the hands of residents

Britain's prime minister is getting serious about blocking pornography from the eyes of children through a new set of strong measures. 

Prime Minister David Cameron wants all British citizens to tell their Internet service providers (ISPs) whether they'd like to opt in for filters on their computers and mobile devices. Once a household chooses to use the filters, they are applied to every computer and mobile gadget used in the home -- and they can't be turned off by the child. An adult must call their ISP and disable the filters themselves. 

This is just one step in Cameron's plans to keep children from being able to easily access pornography online. He also wants to reduce the number of rapes and abuse cases against women, which can be triggered by violent pornographic material found on the Internet. 

Cameron is expected to discuss a new set of measures to accomplish a more porn-free Britain, including banning the distribution and ownership of "extreme pornography," such as violence and fake rape scenes; offering stronger filters through ISPs, and attempting to target pedophiles and rapists by creating a blacklist of search terms (which will pinpoint those who use the search terms) and allowing police forces to work with one secure database of illegal images. 

Cameron sees pornography as being a bad influence on both children and "sick" adults who search for the wrong things, and hopes these new rules will deter any foul play. 

Cameron has even addressed huge Internet companies like Google and Microsoft in his quest for a better Web experience for British residents. 

"I have a very clear message for Google, Bing, Yahoo and the rest," said Cameron. "You have a duty to act on this – and it is a moral duty. If there are technical obstacles to acting on [search engines], don't just stand by and say nothing can be done; use your great brains to help overcome them.

"You're the people who have worked out how to map almost every inch of the Earth from space; who have developed algorithms that make sense of vast quantities of information. Set your greatest brains to work on this. You are not separate from our society, you are part of our society, and you must play a responsible role in it."

Last year, the UK introduced the Online Safety Bill, which aimed to force internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network providers to offer internet packages that exclude access to pornographic material by default.

Some UK ISPs agreed to enforce the opt-in option for pornographic material as early as last year. TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC was one of the first to agree, and now, Cameron is looking to make this a widely-used method.

Source: The Guardian



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This is idiotic.
By deksman2 on 7/22/2013 12:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
This is idiotic on so many levels.

Prohibiting something will only force people to find alternative means of getting it.

The sensible thing to do would be not to prohibit access to pornographic content, but to ask users on whether they want access to the content blocked or not (make the option available for example and then have people call their customer service or send an email requesting to block access).

An even better measure would be parents actually doing some... parenting.
For one thing, shielding kids away from the world is counterproductive.
Instead, try exposing kids to relevant general education, critical thinking and problem solving.
Talk to them about these things, encourage them to find more information on the subject matter, instead of shying away from it as if its some sort of taboo.
They are Human beings who need information/knowledge to learn (like any other Human being - child or adult).

Seriously... this kind of excessive paranoia serves nothing.

Politicians are NOT problem solvers. Their main purpose is to push THEIR agenda and the status quo.




RE: This is idiotic.
By Vardant on 7/22/13, Rating: -1
RE: This is idiotic.
By Reclaimer77 on 7/22/2013 12:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So the UK government is forcing ISPs to gives us a tool which we may or may not want to use


That IS the problem. Insult people all you want, but this is typical nanny state nonsense you're supporting.


RE: This is idiotic.
By jabber on 7/22/2013 1:01:01 PM , Rating: 3
But there is a choice.

If there was no choice then you would have a point.

I can still have my Ukrainian Headscarf Hotties.

However, it will U-turn before it comes to pass. The ISPs will says its too expensive/cumbersome.


RE: This is idiotic.
By Motoman on 7/22/2013 1:07:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But there is a choice.


That's not the point.

The point is that parliament has made a moral ruling dictating that by default it's "off."

That fact. Right there. That act, in and of itself, should never have happened. It should never have come to a vote...never been submitted...never even written on paper.

The fact that it *happened* is the problem.


RE: This is idiotic.
By jabber on 7/22/2013 1:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well when the NSA etc. give us the choice to opt out of whether they monitor our emails and calls I'll agree on that.

Sure its a pain but chances are like previous attempts it will come to nothing.

Read between the lines...any bad news to bury this week?


RE: This is idiotic.
By Aloonatic on 7/24/2013 3:24:03 AM , Rating: 1
I don't get your point.

The moral ruling for porn/sex in every day life is "off", as you can't walk around the streets naked nor fuck your partner in the center of town whenever you like*.

This is all just the normal societal rules and morals trying to catch up with the internet.

*brings back memories of "that" scene in crank.


RE: This is idiotic.
By SlyNine on 7/22/2013 2:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
This

"by creating a blacklist of search terms (which will pinpoint those who use the search terms)"

Next they will strap a brain activity monitor on you, and if you even think of illegal things they will black list you.


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