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Pakistan Orders ISPs To Block Over 400k Porn Websites (independent.co.uk) 105

Bruce66423 writes: The agency that regulates telecommunications in Pakistan has ordered ISPs to block a huge list of adult websites. "The action follows a recent order passed down by the Supreme Court in Pakistan requiring the telecom sector to 'take remedial steps to quantify the nefarious phenomenon of obscenity and pornography that has an imminent role to corrupt and vitiate the youth of Pakistan.' According to the Express Tribune, just days after the ruling by the Supreme Court, the telecom sector regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, added it had provided internet service providers with a list of 429,343 domains to be blocked as it attempts to control the distribution of pornographic material.
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Pakistan Orders ISPs To Block Over 400k Porn Websites

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  • Ob. Dilbert (Score:5, Funny)

    by swm ( 171547 ) <swmcd@world.std.com> on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @07:09PM (#51377833) Homepage
    • Re: Ob. Dilbert (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Not that I am in favour of censorship, but has it been demonstrated, or even investigated, whether or not public access to porn is socially inert and not, in fact, harmful? Who are we to push our opinion on other societies that they should assume porn to be harmless. It's not like western youth are shining examples of civilised, logical, admirable humans.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by penguinoid ( 724646 )

      Simple, redirect the porn sites to a site containing instructions on how to make a suicide vest, plus the current number of virgins using one will earn you in the afterlife.

  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @07:11PM (#51377845) Journal

    Then how are they gonna know what 72 v's are like?

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Hopefully all 72 virgins are lezbos!
    • by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @07:22PM (#51377913)
      Pretty sure 0 out of those 400,000 sites contain images of actual virgins...
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Now now, one of them might have pictures of the tech support staff.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        That's okay, Allah doesn't exist either. Peoples brains get burned out in the hot sun and believe in all sorts of stupid things.

      • Unless one or more of them turns the user's web cam on, then I'd say many of those probably do....
    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @08:29PM (#51378243)

      They don't need to know.

      Did you ever notice how masturbation calms a man down? I mean when I lack sex, I go completely crazy. Not only I'm willing to spend a few hundred dollars for a restaurant and a show simply to be with a girl, not only I'm willing to offer her stupid gifts, but it's to a point where I even think about marriage!

      But then, I masturbate and I get my mind back. I split the restaurant bill, I let the girl pays for her own ticket and, more importantly, I realize again marriage would be the biggest mistake of my life. (Hence my motto : One masturbation a day keeps marriage away.)

      Now I imagine if not only I could not masturbate, but women were also covered from heat to toe. I swear, I'll end up blowing up myself.

      • Virtual +5, Insightful.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        ... I could not masturbate, but women were also covered from heat to toe.

        Victorian Christianity demanded this too. They also outlawed prostitution. Women in western cultures had more freedom so it didn't change much, women just lied about sex a lot more, which created cognitive dissonance: All women had sex frequently (observed behaviour) but no woman liked fucking (medical/political mantra). This existed in adult sex education books (there weren't any for teenagers) in the 1980s, although several years passed before I recognized the double standard: Women wanted a big penis

        • Where did that comment about Victorians come in? Wow, that was out of left field. What's next, the Scythians? Bonobonese?

          Turns out, fatherhood is a horrible deal for men, too. That plus marriage are the main sources of men being divorce raped and thrown in debtors' prison. Did you know we, in 2016, actually have debtors' prison? Yes, we brought it back. Not even joking. Some progressive society we live in.

        • As Joycelyn "slow hand" Elders said about masturbation, "I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught."
      • Now I imagine if not only I could not masturbate, but women were also covered from heat to toe. I swear, I'll end up blowing up myself.

        It is however quite difficult to blow yourself. The flexibility of the spine is stretched to its limits !!

      • You masturbate in the restaurant? What the hell kind of pervert are you?? :D
    • No one ever let them in on the secret that the 72 virgins were other male suicide bombers...

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Holy Money Shot Batman!!!
  • Goats (Score:5, Funny)

    by Dunbal ( 464142 ) * on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @07:15PM (#51377873)
    It's as if the voices of millions of goats suddenly bleated in terror, and were silenced.
  • call for a blocking of Pakistan. So there! Nyeah! ;-)
    • by Anonymous Coward

      But not before we get to know what is in that list. Clearly the pakistani officials made a good effort to compile a list of quality smut on the internet, and we all want to know where it is!

      • My bet is they compiled a list of fairly ordinary sites and made an effort to leave the really good/bizarre ones off. It's not as though Pakistan has the least corrupt government officials in the world...

        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          My guess is those idiots were spending too much time masturbating over porn because 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 and if you do not know what that stands for you do not belong on /. but do belong in some idiot Pakistani agency telling ISPs what to do. They kind of did point out the blocking is occurring at local ISP dns server level, well, ain't that an exercise in futility. Next step, oh my the difficulty, simply advertise your IP addresses (IPv4) and your IPv6 address range. There is a sneaky way of doing this wit

      • by Bruce66423 ( 1678196 ) on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @08:09PM (#51378151)
        So we can ASK for the list? Seriously - viewing it might reveal censorship of politics and religion, not just smut.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is the list on line somewhere? Cause I want to. .. block those sites on my router. .. yeah that's it.

  • Wankers! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @07:20PM (#51377897)
    Um... how do I get ahold of that list for, you know, research purposes?
    • by GroeFaZ ( 850443 )
      Agreed, I have to check the list for false positives.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Oh just bluck off!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Boobies: Oh, the HORRORS!

    Beheadings: Meh, s'ok.

  • by agm ( 467017 )

    I doubt they block encrypted traffic. Working around this with a VPN or tunnel would be trivial.

    • Don't people already do this to avoid being tracked?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Spoken like someone who's never lived in a country with a government that's dangerous to it's own people.
      It's not worth being executed to access porn.

    • In this case, all it takes is switching your DNS to point at 8.8.8.8 and the block disappears.

  • How can we ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @07:45PM (#51378043)

    ... get our boys to strap on bombs for 72 hypothetical virgins in heaven when they see what's available right here on earth?

    • ..Just tell them that Pamela Anderson is not a virgin . they wont believe you at first but it will gradually sink in.
    • In the same way we should stop calling terrorists "terrorists" and start calling them morons, we need to stop calling people virgins and start calling them sexually inept.

      "In today's news, two morons blew themselves up for the promise of 72 sexually inept women."

      Take all of the glory out of it.

  • yes, there is 400k porn.
  • by xeno ( 2667 )

    Ooo. "vitiate" is my new word of the week. Sounds like good sport to me.... :)

    To borrow a phrase from Mr. Universe: "You can't stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and porn goes everywhere."

  • by meglon ( 1001833 ) on Tuesday January 26, 2016 @07:53PM (#51378075)
    So they're trying this on a small limited basis first, i see.
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      They're leaving all the child molester sites up since their fucktard prophet was a child molester.

      Fuck Allah! Fuck Moohammad! Fuck Islam!!!

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Islam does not work well with Freedom of choice. There's only one way, Conformity.
        It started as a political movement, and so it continues. Religion is more economical for control than sheer force.
        People are born without religion, 99.999% is adopted from their parents. There is no choice involved.
        The parents are always right.

        • Islam does not work well with Freedom of choice. There's only one way, Conformity.
          It started as a political movement, and so it continues. Religion is more economical for control than sheer force.
          People are born without religion, 99.999% is adopted from their parents. There is no choice involved.
          The parents are always right.

          The methodist doctrine didn't stick in my case. Are the ratios the same when you aren't under threat of death if you choose atheism? Or am I one of the 0.001%?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    What's the difference between Pakistani and Portuguese situation? I'll tell you: in Pakistan ISP's are forced to respect a Supreme Court ruling, here in Portugal ISP's are forced by bureaucrats to block dozens of "pirate" sites.

  • Wow, I've never seen anyone try to cut the heads off of a hydra that big before. It'll be amusing to see their reaction when the resulting mass of new heads looms above them.

  • This means more porn for me.

  • You ever watch jurasic park and remeber the line "Nature will find a way". Well this is the same thing with teen agers and porn. They will find a way. It is laughable that they would try to prevent this kind of activity.
  • Where's the list? For research purposes only, of course!

  • I've got to get busy if I'm going to visit all of those before I die.

    So far I'm up to only 175,395 sites! And, damn, my arm is tired.
  • Surely I'm not uncommon in recognizing this as a profit opportunity.

    I know people are up in arms over censorship, but really all this will do is strengthen the options for bypassing it. Freedom needs exercise too. Somebody will set up bypass tools and make a bundle of money and at the same time make it that much harder for the next round of censorship attempts.

  • I wonder if they will be blocking goat porn

    http://www.wikiislam.net/wiki/... [wikiislam.net]
  • Who's working for them, Glenn Quagmire?
    • by hjf ( 703092 )

      google for Cuba's "El Paquete Semanal". There's a short documentary about it on youtube.

  • Now they will just have to stare at those ankles.

  • the nefarious phenomenon of obscenity and pornography that has an imminent role to corrupt and vitiate the youth of Pakistan

    Yeah, because the spread of islam and radical forms of any religion don't already do this.

    If every guy polished their wax statue once a day, I think this world would be much more peaceful.

  • Dang it. I *knew* my computer was running slow the other day. They must've hacked in to my computer and downloaded my bookmarks file.

  • Their country, their rules. If people don't like it they can either oust the government and install a new one or leave.

    Is it censorship? Sure. But it's the responsibility of the people who are being censored to do something to resolve it.

  • So, just the stuff with camels then.

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