The government of Iceland wants to ban porn from the Internet

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Iceland is joining South Korea in the war against Internet porn. Following a recent ban on strip clubs, the government of Iceland is now targeting banning porn from their country’s Internet completely.

“If we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet,” says Halla Gunnarsdóttir, the political advisor to Iceland’s Interior Minister. “It is anti-violence because young children are seeing porn and acting it out. That is where we draw the line. This material is blurring the boundaries for young people about what is right and wrong,” she adds.

Interestingly, they don’t believe that parents can’t be responsible for shielding their children from things like porn because they  “cannot be with their children all the time and the porn industry actively tries to seek children out.” As Gizmodo notes, apparently there’s global porn conspiracy to corrupt children. With all due respect to Halla Gunnarsdóttir, I’m pretty sure children aren’t the target market.

Some of their proposed ideas to block access porn so far are to block porn IP addresses, and make it illegal to use Icelandic credit cards to access pornographic websites.

Is this the right way to go about it? Or should parents be left responsible, not the government? Let us know in the comments!

[via Gizmodo, image via JasonParis]

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17 comments

  1. DoktorThomas

    Denying humanality is not the way to battle porn (if that is your bailiwick). Purient interests will always be present where people are. But Iceland vs iporn? Improvable. Impossible.

    Iceland has many many more pressing issues to pursue; they like most of the rest of the governments of the world had better focus on doing much more for their citizens with taking significant less of their money. The current trend of overload taxation will crush the concept of government world wide… The civil wars won’t be just national.©2013

  2. London

    [@Brian Williams]

    Ha, Ha, flaming me is useless. I’m too old to care. Married happily for 30 years.

    Your myopia is showing IMO. You don’t comment on the violence in comics and TV cartoons, so I guess your happy with all that. If governments legislated on all forms of violence then there goes the NFL, boxing, wrestling, karate and shooting at the Olympics etc.

    And of course consumption of alcohol often leads to violence, so let’s ban that too and go back to the days of prohibition.

    Accept reality, the human race is naturally attracted to violence.

    As for the people you derogitorily call “trailer trash”, well perhaps they would benefit from some parenting classes.

    Cheers,

  3. Brian Williams

    [@London]

    “If people looked after their children”. What about the trailer trash who don’t ? Should they have to pass a parenting exam and be licenced to be a parent? Presumably not. In which case, what about the kids of irresponsible parents? What a shame if it leads to people like you losing your masturbatory material and you actually having to go out and find a sex partner! Much better for the kids of irresponsible parents be exposed to harmful material eh?

  4. Brian Williams

    The liberal entitlement crowd are out again. There is no human right to porn, or even the internet. Governments are elected to govern, and presumably part of that is protecting the vulnerable. Good for Iceland.

  5. London

    So are they also planning on banning all type of video games that include any form of shooting/killing like Super Mario Bros. And what about all the violence in some forms of music? Then there’s racing games where crashing into other vehicles is most definitly a violent activity. Also, if they have nursery rhymes like those in the English language, they’ll have to be banned also. The main theme of most cartoons and comics is of course violence. The list seems endless. I agree with other posts, if parents supervised their children better and didn’t just let them freely roam the internet, then there wouldn’t be a problem. Do parents let their kids browse the Adults sections of a libary? Do they let them wander freely into shops that are marked Adults Only? I think or at least hope not.

    Personally, I really don’t see how anyone can find porn the least be stimulating, especially when comared to the real thing.

  6. pm55

    Nudity can be very beautiful – but porn is very ugly. The way sex and relationships are portrayed in porn is also ugly. Also the attitudes toward men or women is usually extremely negative. Then there are other more repugnant forms of porn such as child porn, rape and snuff porn – enough said. So what is so great about porn that we should not at lease try to deal with it. Just because the obstacles are great and the chances are low of eradicating porn – there is still some benefit in minimizing it. So I completely support the countries who are at least trying to do something rather than giving up and sitting on their hands. There are ways to deal with it on an individual basis such as using “www.opendns.com” I found it effective for me and my family and it costs nothing.

  7. jack

    It is a good idea to limit access on the internet to such things but only in such a way that those who choose to view such stuff can still get access to it by registering and proving their age etc in order to be given a license to view.

    Banning everyone carte blanche smacks of suppression of freedom, the basic right of all of us to choose how we live our lives.

    I personally believe there is too much porn out there and I have even ended up on porn sites myself with simple searches for other things, and I am not a prude either – I appreciate looking at paintings and photos of beautiful women clothed or unclothed as much as the next man but do currently find even just looking at others totally unnecessary due to still being totally head over heels in love with my partner even after 30 years together.

    However in order to have true freedom of speech and expression to be and do what we ourselves wish, then we must also give that right to others to be and do what they wish.

    Just NOT in our backyard or in a way that infringes on our rights or those of others who do not wish to share in such things.

  8. Switch-kun

    Banning porn is like banning free speech. Not that I support porn or anything, but if Iceland was to do that, it’s like communism all over again; telling you what you can do or not do.

    Here in Canada, hate speech is banned, but that’s a different story in my opinion. I’d hate to hear annoying people from PETA or cults screaming insults at regular people. That’s just annoying and pisses people off.

  9. Rob (Down Under)

    If we (humans) had a healthier attitude towards sex, and stopped treating it as a taboo subject, we would not have had such a thriving ‘porn’ industry.
    We should take a lesson from the Bonobos
    When they are happy, they have sex (and they have no artificial restrictions).
    When they are alarmed, they have sex.
    When they are bored, they have sex.
    They don’t have a porn industry.
    They are not aggressive like their counterparts the chimps.
    Give me a button that I could press and remove all the chimps from the planet, and they are gone.
    Some of you might say that our religious organizations would object, but give me another button and they are gone. Surely religions have out lived their usefulness ?

  10. j

    @realbull

    yup!

    but we need to start somewhere.

    I think, a unique top level domain, like .xxx, is the best way to go, but the pron industry refused to be “banned to the darkroom” some years ago.

    sorry, no links to verfiy.

  11. RealBull

    “It is anti-violence because young children are seeing porn and acting it out. That is where we draw the line. This material is blurring the boundaries for young people about what is right and wrong”

    Excuse me! If this is true, then many other things need to be banned with it; alcohol, cigarettes, TV, movies, music, art…etc, etc… It is such a bias statement. Such nonsense!
    How about punishing the people who are illegally distributing it?