As I have noted before on this site, Nanny has a wee bit of an obsession about filtering what we are allowed to access on the internet. Nanny uses tired old excuse "won't someone think of the children?" as her rationale for introducing filtering which, she claims, will limit children's access to porn on the web.
Nanny wants people automatically barred from accessing "unsuitable" adult material, unless they actually choose to view it.
Who decides what is "unsuitable" I wonder?
Clearly the cretins within the government who have come up with this idea have never heard of proxy access. I guarantee that the average teenager/kid is light years ahead of these cretins, and can easily override any anti porn filter.
Anyhoo, aside from this idea being a nonsense, it also sets a dangerous precedent and will tempt future governments to filter other content that Nanny may not approve of.
To this end the Open Right Group are asking people to email them and their MPs if they disagree with this proposal:
"Some MPs and religious groups are mounting a campaign to push 'default on' network level blocking on the UK Internet.  There is now a public consultation considering this idea.Here is the link if you wish to send your MP an email Stop Opt-Out Adult Filtering.
However well meaning, we know from our own research  what happens when ISPs put blocks on the Internet. Through accident or abuse, censorship leads to lots more content being blocked than originally intended.
Sites will get blocked if they casually mention sex. Sexual health sites will get caught. The websites of clubs and bars, personal blogs and community sites get filtered. Chat sites may be banned – because they might not be sufficiently “policed”. In short, if you’re small and independent, you will suffer.
Innovation and free speech are threatened by this clumsy website blocking. And the government is considering turning this on by default. You may be presented with a list of ticked “filtered” categories, and have to untick them if you want to avoid the filtering.
And if this happens at the network, then future governments can easily extend what gets filtered without having to ask you. Mass censorship would be couple of clicks away.
This action helps you submit evidence to the public consultation - and also to your MP, so they know ordinary people are concerned about this."
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