LONDON – Every single household in the UK is to have pornography automatically blocked unless they specifically ask for it. In an age where governments are increasingly thinking that it is best for them to dictate what the population should and should not see online, David Cameron will reveal how he thinks that porn is “corroding childhood” so therefore we all must suffer together.
In addition, porn which depicts fantasy scenes of rape will be branded illegal, bringing England and Wales in line with Scotland. The new measures will be enforced for existing internet customers as well as new internet customers. So if there really is a movie that you want to download before the ban comes in…well…you know what you need to do.
Family-friendly filters will be automatically selected for all new customers – though they can choose to switch them off. And millions of existing computer users will be contacted by their internet providers and told they must decide whether to activate filters to prevent their children accessing unsuitable material.
Mr Cameron will say: “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.”
That is a little bit dramatic to be fair David, it is not like we have a nation of children wandering the streets like mindless sex zombies or something.
“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. We are closing the loophole – making it a criminal offence to possess internet pornography that depicts rape.”
The move has been applauded women’s groups and academics who have campaigned to have “rape” porn banned.
Holly Dustin, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said the group was “delighted”.
“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.”
Mr Cameron says that police will be given the appropriate powers to put the law into working action and to see that the population adheres to it, wait a minute, does that mean there is actually internet police now?
According to some experts, “default on” can create a dangerous sense of complacency, says BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.
He says ISPs would dispute Mr Cameron’s interpretation of the new measures – they are insisting they do not want to be seen as censors.
What we will get, he says, is what ISPs call “active choice”.
Active choice sounds like a much better option to me, make it sound like you are doing something but actually do nothing about it. Surely these people would be better off trying to figure out how to fix a broken economy?
What do you guys think about this? Is it right for governments to try and censor parts of the internet? Will ISP’s do anything anyway or will they just stick to an “active choice” policy? Let us know in the comments below.