UK Prime Minister declares war on porn, vows to keep it from the eyes of children

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Is porn in the UK becoming a thing of the past? No, of course not, so don’t worry porn master. However, if Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, all Internet users in the UK will have to explicitly opt-in if they want to view porn. This is part of a plan to stop children from gaining access to hardcore porn, as apparently, these images and videos are “corroding childhood.”

One of the sticking points of this plan is having all ISPs block porn by default, allowing users to unblock porn by manually requesting it. Other than that, Google and other web search providers will be asked to draft up a blacklist of obscene and illegal search terms that poses a threat to children. Furthermore, the plan includes stopping children from coming across porn content accidentally in public places. It is understood the largest companies that provides Wi-Fi connection at railway stations and Internet cafés have all signed up to block porn from the sights of children.

It isn’t entirely clear how specifically children will be stopped from watching porn as opposed to everyone in general.

Similar to South Korea, Prime Minister David Cameron is quite serious in his intent. During a speech today in London, the Prime Minister stated the following:

“I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come.

My argument is that the internet is not a side-line to ‘real life’ or an escape from ‘real life’; it is real life. It has an impact: on the children who view things that harm them, on the vile images of abuse that pollute minds and cause crime, on the very values that underpin our society.”

While we understand Mr. Cameron’s decision, we’re still skeptical if his plan is capable of making a change. When it comes to the Internet, we don’t believe as many children come across porn accidentally as Mr. Cameron might like to think; the times have changed and children know more about sexual activities now more than ever (naughty British children, tsk tsk). The battle to curb the mind of children should begin at home with the parents; it is not the Prime Minister’s job.

But hey, who are we to comment — it isn’t like we live in the UK.

[via Telegraph UK, image via Wikipedia]

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7 comments

  1. jayesstee

    [@Machar]
    Absolutely correct!
    In the “Politicians Manual” (all Countries, all flavours of politics) it says:
    1.  Do something, anything, make a statement, get Press coverage.
    2.  Boast that you are doing something.  Get more press coverage.
    3.  Accuse the opposition of not doing anything, and worse, of blocking the Government trying to do something. Get even more press coverage
    4.  Believe that Press column inches = votes at the next election.
    5.  After the next election, blame the electorate for an even lower turnout to vote.
    6.  Absolutely deny that voter apathy is due to the fact that they recognise that politicians are not worthy of the electorate’s vote.

    Bet it the same where you live?

  2. Seamus McSeamus

    [@Machar]

    “Maybe your politicians are sensible, well grounded and thoroughly educated people who understand the realities of our high tech world.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    Thanks for the. I needed a good laugh. :)

    As for the topic of the post, stupid idea. Ignoring everything else, it’s gonna take a computer savvy kid about 5 minutes to find a work around for this, even if said kid’s parents leave the blocks on.

  3. Machar

    @Vamien – those of us who do live in the UK and have been using the Internet over the last three decades also view DC’s announcement with great scepticism. He’s a politician and as such his pronouncements need to be taken with a pinch of salt, much like Barack Obama’s rants against ‘tax havens’ (i.e anywhere with better tax rates than the majority of the USA – even though four US states operate as tax havens).

    All politicians spout whatever rhetoric seems most likely to gain them votes, however much bollocks it actually is. “Politician Talks Crap” is not an earth-shaking headline, let’s face it. There is a difference between DC’s proposal and that of South Korea however, in that he has put the onus of making it happen on the ISPs, whereas the Koreans have, I believe, actually employed people to find and neutralise porn sites. Both are stupid ideas, but they are different stupid ideas and DC has potential scapegoats to blame when it all falls apart.

    Maybe your politicians are sensible, well grounded and thoroughly educated people who understand the realities of our high tech world. If so, please tell us how to emigrate to your idyllic location. If not… well, welcome to our world.

  4. Coyote

    I hate to rain on his parade but removing all porn from the internet unless it’s approved by their all encompassing porn filter is impossible….

    Perhaps teaching the children and having the parents actually watch what they do online would be a much easier and cost effective approach. God forbid the parents are actually accountable for their children…