Britain's PM Enforcing Stronger Anti-Pornography Measures
July 22, 2013 11:01 AM
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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.
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RE: Well Britain's ideas worked SO well on gun-control....
7/23/2013 12:15:59 PM
Thanks for putting on display the true nature of rabid anti-gun drones. Don't look now but your ignorance and hate are showing. Are you jealous that you are not allowed by your masters to defend yourself?
What part of highest violent crime rate do you not understand? Forget, if you can for a moment, your irrational fear of firearms and think about this: is someone maimed or killed with a baseball bat, steel pipe, crowbar, etc. any less hurt or dead than someone shot with a gun? The obvious answer is no, they are just as hurt or dead. The category of violent crime (assault, rape, robbery, murder) on the whole is much higher in the UK and is on the rise. It makes no difference whether it's done with guns, knives, frying pans, or sledge hammers. You are much more likely to fall victim to violent crime in the UK than in the US. Also, violent crime is more prevalent in the UK (as in being present more uniformly) than in the US where it is typically confined to low income urban areas. These high crime areas in the US also happen to coincide with the strictest gun regulation and prohibition laws (Chicago, NYC, LA, etc.).
Gun control is a surefire way to create low risk environment for criminals because these laws all but guarantee that their victims will be unarmed. It's a feel-good, irrational, foolish idea that simply does not work.
RE: Well Britain's ideas worked SO well on gun-control....
7/23/2013 3:16:55 PM
I'm sorry but where do you (and the OP) get this erroneous fact that the UK suffers more violent crime than the US?
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