Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that “most households in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it.”
It doesn’t stop there, either:
“In addition, the prime minister said possessing online pornography depicting rape would become illegal in England and Wales – in line with Scotland.”
The Prime Minister also said that many “horrific” Internet search terms would be blacklisted.
The filters would not only effect your typical computer, but anyone using home Wi-Fi networks—including mobile devices. The new filter scheme will cover 95% of homes and also includes:
- New laws so videos streamed online in the UK will be subject to the same restrictions as those sold in shops.
- Search engines having until October to introduce further measures to block illegal content.
- Experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre being given more powers to examine secretive file-sharing networks
- A secure database of banned child pornography images gathered by police across the country will be used to trace illegal content and the paedophiles viewing it.
A Safer Web
This will make the web in the UK much more family friendly. There are a few concerns, beyond the typical outcry of “free speech” and “Internet freedom”:
- Once this is in place, what will be blocked next?
- Could controversial issues surrounding religion creep its way into the ban?
- Also, will this put children at a greater risk, as parents won’t feel the need to monitor their children’s activities online?
Like most laws that place limits on activity, it can be taken to an extreme and be used to abuse the citizenry; but when it comes to limiting something as obscene as pornography and all the extremes that are tangled-up in that genre, I think the UK has made a good move in putting these safeguards in place.
What do you think?