UK government wants to block all Internet porn

By on December 19, 2010, 4:40 PM
The UK government has plans to ask ISPs to block all pornography from home Internet connections by default, in order to ensure that children are not accidentally exposed to sex while using the Internet. Under the plan, customers would have to ask their ISP for access to pornography. Homeowners would either specify which adult sites they want to be able to view, or pick a classification for their connection to restrict what is received according to age ranges, such as U, 12, or 18.

The UK's largest ISPs, including BT, Virgin Media, and TalkTalk, will be called to a meeting next month to discuss the idea. Instead of using parental controls to stop access to pornography by opting out, the goal is to kill off access to pornography in the first place, and then allow adults to opt in. Most British ISPs prevent users from inadvertently viewing child porn websites but ministers want companies to use the technology to block pornography sites unless people specifically ask to view them.

"Unless we show leadership, the internet industry is not going to self-regulate," Claire Perry, a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Devizes, said in a statement according to The Sunday Times. "The minister has said he will get the ISPs together and say, 'Either you clean out your stables or we are going to do it for you'. There is this very uneasy sense for parents of children that we do not have to tolerate this Wild West approach. We are not coming at this from an anti-porn perspective. We just want to make sure our children aren't stumbling across things we don't want them to see."

The government is pushing for this despite the fact that Internet Services Providers' Association in the UK has found that such a complete block would be expensive and technically difficult. Frankly we think the argument should still be around how effective it would be if it were implemented in the first place.





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princeton princeton said:

Never going to happen. I know it sounds silly but I'd be too embarrassed to call my ISP asking to access porn. Though maybe they're hoping people will be afraid to.

Guest said:

1.) Great idea.

2.) Expensive? Last time I checked OpenDNS was free. What's the difference?

3.) The internet will def. not self-regulate. Someone needs to start this ball. This isn't internet censorship either; it's just protecting the young pubic.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This should end well. Guess it's really too much to ask for parents to monitor their computer usage. Let's have the government do it for them.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

1.) Great idea.

2.) Expensive? Last time I checked OpenDNS was free. What's the difference?

3.) The internet will def. not self-regulate. Someone needs to start this ball. This isn't internet censorship either; it's just protecting the young pubic.

Freudian slip?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Protecting the "Young Pubic", While Upholding the Ideals of The Miss America Purgent"

He said barfingly.

1.) The internet will def. not self-regulate. Someone needs to start this ball. This isn't internet censorship either; it's just protecting the young pubic.

I say we should regulate the internet against guest posts containing bad, unintentional puns such as, "young pubic"..!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This should end well. Guess it's really too much to ask for parents to monitor their computer usage. Let's have the government do it for them.
Nah, it's not too much. but while you're inside tweaking the settings on your internet filters, they're out playing stinky finger in the backseat of the car you just lent them.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I nearly ended up sterile this morning when i read this in the paper (Must put my coffee down in future).

It is abit shocking from are government, but hey, whats new?.

Leeky Leeky said:

Will never happen, besides, its easy enough to get around anyway. One of the only good things this country has is a completely open, un-restricted internet.

If it comes to it, I'll ask for full rights regardless of who uses my connection. If I want to view porn, extremist sites and learn how to build a bomb online I will, I pay for the sodding connection.

kaonis92 said:

Yes but internet IS for porn, haha!

Leeky Leeky said:

Yes but internet IS for porn, haha!

Damn straight!

princeton princeton said:

Leeky said:

Yes but internet IS for porn, haha!

Damn straight!

I'd love to know the percent of people who actually know where that line came from.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Dear Lord, I hope the "young pubic" isn't reading this......

Guest said:

Horray! ....sex is an immoral act after all, it's not like.... natural.....oh wait it is....damn!

We must ensure children are indoctronated with good wholesome propganda from the state , sex bad,war good!

This is a double plus good idea comrades!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The dongles in the UK have already got it anyway...They always come with, Access Denied on any address remotely involving the letter "X"

It's lucky for porn surfers though because that lock screws around with certain java apps, so it's a good excuse to get them to take it off...

Captaincranky said:

Dear Lord, I hope the "young pubic" isn't reading this......

Heh heh...Ahhh, i think this is gunna be a hot topic pretty quickly...Either that or "closed" quickly.

Leeky Leeky said:

Access Denied on any address remotely involving the letter "X"

Your connection is restricted?

I've never had one single page refused by my ISP, Virgin Media.

Heh heh...Ahhh, i think this is gunna be a hot topic pretty quickly...Either that or "closed" quickly.

Not from me, its sort of following the same subject as per the title....

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Horray! ....sex is an immoral act after all, it's not like.... natural.....oh wait it is....damn!

We must ensure children are indoctronated with good wholesome propganda from the state , sex bad,war good!

This is a double plus good idea comrades!

Indeed! Boy have I got a Hong Kong wire movie for you. It's playing in a double feature with "1984".
The dongols in the UK have already got it anyway...They always come with, Access Denied on any address remotely involving the letter "X"

What exactly is a "dongol"? I'm getting an image of Genghis Khan, running around with his zipper down.

2 out of Three Ain't Bad.......

If it comes to it, I'll ask for full rights regardless of who uses my connection. If I want to view porn, extremist sites and learn how to build a bomb online I will, I pay for the sodding connection.

Would you be willing to settle for a skank with a pipe, even if they didn't make a bomb out of it....?

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Because of the internet. my parents never had to talk to me about sex.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Leeky siad:

Your connection is restricted?

I've never had one single page refused by my ISP, Virgin Media.

Yeah but is that a dongle?..Over the wires ISP's don't restrict (at least i don't think so), but most Dongle's now come with this "Content Control" lock...I had it both with Vodafone and O2. It can be removed by producing ID at a local store, but it's sort of a "Hat and Shades" thing

Captaincranky said:

What exactly is a "dongol"? I'm getting an image of Ghengis Kahn, running around with his zipper down.

Jeez, thanks for that thought Cap..I'm eating my tea here man .

Nah, it's a cell phone sort of device that plugs into a laptop or pc and gives you the web over 3G networks.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Because of the internet. my parents never had to talk to me about sex.
Nor in all likelyhood, will you ever have to tell your children about it

KG363 KG363 said:

Guest said:

This isn't internet censorship either; it's just protecting the young pubic.

aka, censorship

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Jeez, thanks for that thought Cap..I'm eating my tea here man .Nah, it's a cell phone sort of device that plugs into a laptop or pc and gives you the web over 3G networks.
So it's not like, "The Dongol Hoards of Genghis Khan"?

Technically though, I think you mean, "dongle"

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So it's not like, "The Dongol Hoards of Genghis Khan"?

Technically though, I think you mean, "dongle"

Hmmm..Don't know what you're talking about there :o...(quick flash round with the edit button i think)...

Leeky Leeky said:

Yeah but is that a dongle?..Over the wires ISP's don't restrict (at least i don't think so), but most Dongle's now come with this "Content Control" lock...I had it both with Vodafone and O2. It can be removed by producing ID at a local store, but it's sort of a "Hat and Shades" thing

I have a T-Mobile dongle, and that is unrestricted as well? Unless they just never activated the content lock because it was for me, which is possible I guess. All my phones/mobile broadband are ordered over the phone and delivered next day. Could never be bothered to **** around in the shop.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Hmmm..Don't know what you're talking about there :o...(quick flash round with the edit button i think)...
Some of my jokes are like that, they take a while even for me to get them.

Everything you've always wanted to know about "dongles", but were afraid to ask; [link]

Dongols, Mongols, what the hell is the difference? http://www.squidoo.com/mongol-hordes

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Wait wait wait... There's things on the internet other than PRONnnnn???

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I can imagine this, Window 8 UK.

"I see that you entered a URL for a know porn site. Are you sure"

"Yes."

"You really want to look at smut?"

"Yes."

"Are you a pervert?"

"No."

"So you don't want to look at porn."

"No"

"So you are a pervert?"

"No"

"So you don't want to look at porn."

"No."

"So you are a pervert?"

"Yes."

"here is your porn pervert"

Guest said:

Hello is that reception? Hi Susan, can you make pornography come on my computer, please.

Guest said:

Just wait until everyone starts stockpiling porn. It'll be like armagedon. Empty porn-shelves, barren porn-shopping-aisles, bare... well, there won't be much bare anything.

Guest said:

LOL well atleast the under age like myself no about, Proxy's, SSH tunnels and VPNs. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT CONTROL WHAT THE PARENTS ARE MEANT TO DO!!!!!

not all 5 year olds no how to bypass a home internet filter. get my point, A home filter. Now Im not a porn addict or anything like that, im just against the government doing the parents dirty work for protecting there own kids.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL...

+1 gwailo247

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

You could customize it depending on preference too, lol

"You want to look at porn?"

"Yes Mistress Windows"

"Defrag my hardrive first."

(ten minutes later)

"Can I look at porn now?"

"Clean my CPU cooler."

(half an hour later)

"Now?"

"Did you renew the anti virus?"

"Yes, you know I did."

"What?"

"Sorry Mistress"

"Because you gave me attitude, only 5 minutes today."

Nima304 said:

Blocking 75% of the internet? What could go wrong?

Guest said:

okay its like,

son: hello, i want to access porn

isp provider: okay sir is this mr. X?

son: no im his son

isp: you are not allowed to access this categ

son: why?

isp: but your father can

son: yes, he asked me to call you

isp: ok sir tell me the address

son: www.xxx.uk

isp: thank you sir for using our exclusive feature, have a nice day!

%#$@%$#&^$%&^&*^%&^*(^&%^%

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

You could customize it depending on preference too, lol

"You want to look at porn?"

"Yes Mistress Windows"

"Defrag my hardrive first."

(ten minutes later)

"Can I look at porn now?"

"Clean my CPU cooler."

(half an hour later)

"Now?"

"Did you renew the anti virus?"

"Yes, you know I did."

"What?"

"Sorry Mistress"

"Because you gave me attitude, only 5 minutes today."

Gosh, it's scary to think that Windows 8 might indeed have a "lick my boot" version. Maybe they'll call it, "Windows 8 Ultimate Dominatrix".

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

princeton said:

Leeky said:

Yes but internet IS for porn, haha!

Damn straight!

I'd love to know the percent of people who actually know where that line came from.

Slim, but I did see that show live if that means anything; it was hella funny. =3

Cota Cota said:

About freaking time, get a wife/husband. And just to kill trolls, im atheist.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

About freaking time, get a wife/husband. And just to kill trolls, im atheist.
Did you know that the first sign of being a troll is denying it?

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Nima304 said:

Blocking 75% of the internet? What could go wrong?

Not to mention how much of an impact this could have on the economy.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I haven't been this amazed since Al Gore invented the internet to search for manbearpig. The UK should be focusing on banning manbearpig from their little series of tubes, not porn, as manbearpig is a much bigger, and faster growing threat to little children.

Guest said:

Thank you Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, and Adams! Yet another example of why I'm glad the fathers split from the mother country.

Guest said:

but homo "deviation" is just fine ?

what a farce !

Guest said:

I am responsible for blocking websites that the libraries service provide to the general public. I was told to stop blocking access to porn sites as they infringed on the human rights of the public!

Guest said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWEjvCRPrCo

Porn sites should use xxx instead of www and then the companies or apps can block xxx.

Guest said:

As far as I know they also tried this in China and it didn't work out well. The porn filters ended up blocking searches like "Mickey Mouse" and "Michael Jackson" (well it figures for Michael :P).

The internet should not be filtered by the ISP, but the parents are those who should setup website filters or search filters, and I'm really sure that even if the ISP filters it, kids will alway find a way to watch porn if they really want to.

As a kid, my parents always tried different restrictions on the computer, from filters to boot passwords, and eventually I locked them out of the computer.

So imao, good luck Britain. Invest tons of money in filters, but **** your pants when it comes to 3 inches of snow.

Maybe you could buy some plows instead of porn filters....

Guest said:

Its not about porn,its about control of the web.Take it from someone that knows.

AllEyezOnMe said:

This Tory-Lib Dems British coalition Government is going one step too far trying to set constraints for internet usage, this is a pre-cursor to all-out censorship on a hidden political agenda by setting a precedent.

Arris Arris said:

Maybe I'm too cynical but I just feel that the type of parents that are as uninvolved with their children to not bother to control/monitor their child's use of the internet are likely to be the type to have a "porn" enabled connection anyway....

Guest said:

Great line from Scrubs:

Dr. Cox: If you took away all the porn from the internet, there would only be one website left, and that would be called "Bring Back The Porn".

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Leeky said:

I have a T-Mobile dongle, and that is unrestricted as well? Unless they just never activated the content lock because it was for me, which is possible I guess. All my phones/mobile broadband are ordered over the phone and delivered next day. Could never be bothered to **** around in the shop.

Hmm..So they ain't rolled it out over all of them then. Their excuse is they are "protecting the children", but when i bought mine instore, they didn't even ask me if i had kids...I suppose i wouldn't have minded, but the lock screws around with other "clean" things on the web, so it has to be taken off anyway (???). I dont see what's wrong with the system we have now. My Dad didn't let me have the net in the house till i was 18, and i turned out ok...Sure, i hate his guts for doing that and i didn't lose my "cherry" till i was 19, but hey, thats life

Per Hansson said :

I've never understood this extreme behavior towards banning all porn.

It's British government Per, their always bloody at it. All they do is think up more ways of controling it's citizen's, like we're incapable of doing it our selfs. Instead of urging parents to take greater care with their children, they just grab paper and write more bills for parliment...They're supposed to be elected to speak for the people, but in the end, always, they just speak for themselves.

No wonder us Brit's don't do politics...

Captaincranky said:

Some of my jokes are like that, they take a while even for me to get them.

Everything you've always wanted to know about "dongles", but were afraid to ask; [link]

Dongols, Mongols, what the hell is the difference? http://www.squidoo.com/mongol-hordes

Yes, you had me over a barrel for about 3 posts with that one...Careful with your spelling though, i might plot my revenge and pounce

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

I've never understood this extreme behavior towards banning all porn, but showing some smasher hit on TV at 19:00 in the evening is just fine, with brain matter shooting all over the floor...

"It's for the children"

Yayayyaya, whatever

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