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David Cameron to announce compulsory porn blocks for UK internet users

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New online porn blocks are set to be announced later today

David Cameron is set to announce a mandatory porn block for all UK internet users later today, with those keen on turning their browsers to the smutty stuff being forced to opt-in with their ISPs.

Reportedly set to warn that easy access to online pornography is “corroding childhood,” the PM is believed to be preparing a motion that will see all UK households have access to pornographic content blocked from source as standard.

Instead of the current system where parents are forced to put filters and blocks on their family systems, the new measures will see UK residents forced to actively request their home internet is permitted access to adult content, if so desired. With Internet Service Providers being forced to introduce the blocks, the new restrictions will effect both existing a new online customers.

With the move set to be formally announced later today, Mr Cameron’s advisor on the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood, MP Claire Perry, told the BBC that millions of existing internet users will be contacted by ISPs to find out whether they wish to be exempt from the inbound “family friendly filters” and keep their internet access a little bit blue.

According to reports, Mr Cameron’s speech will hear the PM state: "I want to talk about the internet, the impact it is having on the innocence of our children, how online pornography is corroding childhood.

"And how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.

"I'm not making this speech because I want to moralise or scaremonger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence."

The action comes after the government has put mounting pressure on the likes of Google to hold a stronger footing and policy against the spate of child pornography online.

Discussing the upcoming online actions, Holly Dustin, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said the group was "delighted" by the move.

"The coalition government has pledged to prevent abuse of women and girls, so tackling a culture that glorifies abuse is critical for achieving this," she said.

"The next step is working with experts to ensure careful drafting of the law and proper resourcing to ensure the law is enforced fully."

Although it has been suggested ISPs will argue against the proposed measures at the risk of being seen as internet censors, the Prime Minister will push for what he is calling “active choice” for internet goers.

Do you agree with a mandatory block on online porn in the UK or would you rather other measures are taken in a bid to protect children from adult content? Let us know your thoughts on the matter via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Paul Brasington

July 22, 2013, 9:53 am

I have no desire to look at porn - but the idea of "active choice" doesn't really get round the old problem of how you distinguish porn from the sexually explicit (or even simple nudity). Perhaps they are just going to block known URLs? I'd support that broadly but would question its likely effectiveness... And how are they going to keep track of one-off material like Massive Attack's video for Paradise Circus, which is about porn but not porn?

myurr

July 22, 2013, 9:57 am

Yet another politician that doesn't understand the internet. This will do nothing to kerb the activity he wants to stop, and people with children can already install filters to provide the protection they need. Instead this is the thin end of the wedge for complete censorship and tracking of the internet. The government will now get a list of people who have opted out and ISPs will be processing every single page request through filters that will enable logging, tracking and censorship of the entire internet. At some point no doubt the ISPs filters will be deemed to be an expensive duplication of effort that isn't as effective as hoped and the government will announce a new centrally run system that they will install in each ISP to provide a consistent filter.

Then other extreme activities, such as belonging to the wrong political party, will be targeted.

Meanwhile all those actually engaged in the already illegal activities that DC and chums want to stop will be able to easily circumvent such measures through proxies and their own hosted solutions for their "communities" that escape the filters.

As with most anti-terror operations this will end up being a huge burden on the law abiding and "free" citizens of this country, and will utterly curtail their rights, and will do little to actually protect those citizens who are having to sacrifice their rights.

CalaveraBlues

July 22, 2013, 10:26 am

Wow, someone really wants their porn.

myurr

July 22, 2013, 12:43 pm

Err no - it's not like it'd be hard to opt in or circumvent. What I don't want is censorship and control of the internet. Regulate those on the internet but do not control the internet and the infrastructure itself. There is a subtle and distinct difference, and this policy by the government is all about controlling the internet.

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