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Porn Filters R us 4 u

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

For some reason I am not on the Conservative Party’s press list. So I’m not privy to any of Cameron’s announcements on internet porn filtering. All I know is what has been reported. ISPs are going to ask you if you want to filter out ‘adult’ websites. It all follows a review by Reginald Bailey, the man on top at the Mothers’ Union christian charity.

It would appear that what is and what is not ‘adult’ is to be suggested by concerned individuals, and that Parentport, a new official website, is to be the receptacle of all complaints.

The prime minister will also launch Parentport – a website to help parents complain about inappropriate content.
Internet providers offer parents bar on porn

Parentport states:

We need you to be our eyes and ears. If you’ve seen or heard something you want to complain about, click on Make a Complaint…
Parentport

That’s dangerous. And worrying. And all so wrong in so many ways. It is not for governments or ISPs to censor the internet. We already have laws. If a site is illegal it should be taken down (as soon as the illegality is proven, preferably within the court system). If a site is legal, it has the right to exist freely. If a parent is concerned about the effect of a legal site, then that parent should be a parent and not delegate parental responsibility to a third party.

That’s my moral objection.

My technical objection is equally simple: this is absurd. Firstly it won’t work. Those who want to find a way round it will do so. Secondly, why stop at porn. As Blue Coat’s Nigel Hawthorn comments, “ISPs will have to ensure that they can implement robust, market-leading technology with instant new ratings, to ensure they are  protected against brand new web pages. I’d also argue that, if ISPs wanted to go even further in protecting their customers, and add more value to this service, they could add blocks of malware and phishing sites to help protect against the dangers of identity theft, robbery and fraud.” [Blue Coat]

And thirdly, what the hell is ‘adult’? I remembered seeing a tweet on this subject, but couldn’t find it. So I searched Twitter for ‘adult’, and found it.

Max Cooter

Max Cooter's offensive tweat

Clearly I should go to Parentport and complain about Max Cooter’s offensive language. But then I saw that Twitter was suggesting some adult accounts that might interest me. Purely for the sake of research I had a closer look…

Oh dear. I must go back to Parentport and demand that Twitter be blocked. And if them, I suppose that Facebook and Google+ must also go. Even LinkedIn has its adult groups.

So, for the sake of my kids, they must all go! And iPlayer and… After all, it is not my responsibility to look after my kids.

Freedom is like anything else in this world. It is subject to the Second Law: it decays. Actions like this are part of the decay; a little bit here and a little bit there, but always a little bit more. We should defend our freedoms and our responsibilities, not give them away.

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