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5 reasons why the UK government’s anti-porn proposals are a joke

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MARTIN BRYANT
thenextweb.com
July 22, 2013

The UK is in the middle of a sun-drenched heatwave and a royal baby is about to be born, but let’s not let that overshadow the worrying proposals being announced by prime minister David Cameron.

We knew there were government plans for ISPs to make online pornography ‘opt-in’, but now they’re being fully outlined. Details of what Cameron will announce have been released to the press, and the Guardian and the BBC both have good outlines of the plans.

On a very simplistic level, it’s a genius political move: impress parents with your ‘family safety’ rhetoric and win votes; surely anyone who disagrees with it HATES CHILDREN BEING SAFE, right? Stop and think about it for five minutes and the proposals start to fall apart through sheer lack of foresight and understanding of how the Internet works.

Here are five reasons why these proposals need scrapping.

1. They won’t stop people accessing images of child abuse

The idea that people who want to see such things find them using mainstream search engines is at best naive and at worst dangerously misleading.

For an excellent takedown of plans to force the likes of Google and Bing to block such images (and the notion that it’s easy to find such images by these means anyway) read Mic Wright’s piece on the Telegraph website.

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2. They stigmatize legal behavior

There’s an air of Mr Mackey, the school counsellor in South Park, about the idea that porn is bad and people should be protected from it (“porn is bad, m’kay”). Lots of porn is legal, and viewing it is legal too. Just because people don’t talk about doing so doesn’t make watching it wrong.

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This article was posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:35 am





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