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British Prime Minister To Announce Porn Blocking Plans 286

Posted by Soulskill
from the enjoy-your-riots dept.
Overly Critical Guy writes "British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce network-filtering plans targeted at porn websites, possibly requiring users to 'opt-in' with their ISP to access such content. The idea has support from MP Claire Perry, who said, 'There is a "hands off our internet" movement that sees any change in how access is delivered as censorship.'"
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British Prime Minister To Announce Porn Blocking Plans

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  • This is stupid. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Tei (520358) on Friday May 04, 2012 @05:20PM (#39896835) Journal

    Porn is not illegal, so what is the base to discriminate it over other stuff? Its much less damaging to everyone than religion, and religion is not bloqued. Is less damaging than sport, and sport is not blockqued. WHY THE HELL.

  • by Billly Gates (198444) on Friday May 04, 2012 @05:52PM (#39897197) Journal

    Why doesn't the british government just have an option at sign up for child protection and use a simple DNS blocking service like NortonDNS? That would not disrupte free speech nor would it require expensive procedures and upgrades for ISPs.

    I am an advocate of OpenDNS, and NortonDNS for phishing and crossite protection in case my anti virus package misses something. NortonDNS has porn filtering as well if you enter the IP addresses here. Basically the last subnet .50 filters unfamily friendly sites, .40 just porn and malware, and .20 for the rest of us with just security protection.

    I have my router with .20 filter at home. If I had a child I would put his/her own computer with a subnet of .40 for the DNS IP Address. Problem solved. No expensive tax dollars or expensive hardware or software.

    If you run Windows you can turn on family safety too for a childs account. I imagine most users are not this savy or smart to know this or set this up and you can do custom filtering as well. However DNS filtering is the best and an easy way.

    I am for free speech and this is outragous! I think an option with those who pick family safety just run a script which configures their new shiny routers to the NortonDNS that protects agaisnt porn and viola! Easy

  • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Friday May 04, 2012 @05:59PM (#39897265)

    "The right wing in the U.S. these days mostly wants to reduce the power of federal government and leave you the hell alone."

    Haha. Get real. You are confusing "right wing" with Libertarians.

    The "small government" policies that the political Right have tried to pretend they believe in have NEVER materialized in the real world.

    When the Republicans have been in power they have NEVER reduced the power of the Federal government, NEVER reduced the actual size of government, NEVER reduced overall spending (except to reduce military spending after wars were over, and not even that, most of the time). Not once, at least since the year 1900, have they EVER actually made the government smaller.

    And they have NEVER left us alone. For the most part, and until very recently, they have a far worse record when it comes to Constitutional rights than the Democrats.

    So you can talk about what the Right pretends its platform to be all you want, but history very clearly shows it to be nothing but rhetoric. Actually that's too polite. Bullshit is the more accurate term.

    If they wanted anybody to actually believe them, they should have started putting their money where their mouths were over 50 years ago.

  • Not a problem...

    First they came for the porn but I didn't watch porn so I didn't care, next they came for those extremist websites but I wasn't an extremist so I didn't care, next they went after the hate speech, but I wasn't hateful so I didn't care, next they came for the unpopular but I wasn't unpopular so I didn't care, then when i realized I was in a jack booted fascist state I had no way to protest or organize because they turned the internet into the fucking home shopping club and when i complained they hauled my ass away.

    I admit not nearly as poetic but the sentiment is there. NEVER FORGET that there are those out there that honestly believe nothing should exist that an 8 year old can't watch and scarily enough these douchebags often end up in power.

  • by jeremymiles (725644) on Friday May 04, 2012 @06:24PM (#39897471) Homepage Journal
    This is the UK we're talking about, there's no constitutional amendment that says you can't repress political speech and people can be sent to prison for what they write on twitter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17515992 [bbc.co.uk]

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