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geoffart

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geoffart says:

Internet block. for or against?

Apparently the UK government is going to block access to porn material to try to protect the online lives of children.  Now, I'm all for protecting children online (or anywhere for that matter!), BUT I don't really think this is the way forwards and I'm not sure i completely trust their primary motivation anyway. 

If children are to be protected online my view is the responsibility has to come from the parents and good IT applied within the home. parental blocks have to get more user friendly so mum and dad can control what the kid looks at.

putting that to one side my most obvious concern is that as a smart phone user I have HAD to personally disable the content restriction on my service (twice!) with my operator, not because I wanted to look at online porn, but because it was simply blocking lots of normal forums and sites that I wanted to use and quite a few apps too. I had to ring up and get a lecture about how its my responsibility if someone under age gets access to my phone and access porn. If this universal block uses the same technology as mobile operators do, then it will be blocking access to non phonographic and very relevant internet content. Who knows, maybe this post would be blocked because it has the word porn in it?

What do I think their real motivation is?  I think they want to block access to content online so they can control access, so they can make more money out of it themselves. 

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oscarthegrouch

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nah

you just like looking at porn on your phone:biggrin:

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geoffart

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geoffart says:

porn

hahaha, i knew i would expose myself to that. But seriously, I think people will still be able to get porn fine and dandy. They just wont type it into Google... they'll use other means. People who really want to look at porn that is. 

I just know that as soon as they turn a filter on Im going to find I try to look at a forum and a page will come up saying content falls outside the restriction, contact content provider.

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shuggie1

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shuggie1 says:

They already track every page you view anyway

Personally I'm more worried about the whole aspect of they know exactly what you are looking at, and this could be used against you at some future date 

Thinking political freedom here rather than viewing dodgy sites

 

 

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

This is not necessary

It may have been useful a few years ago but parents are a lot more tech-saavy these days and are aware that they might want to put software on to block porn, etc.


It's your responsibility to lock your house up and choose what TV is suitable for your kids - it should be the same with the internet and the government should keep its nose out.

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norris

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norris says:

Bad news

For the tissue manufacturers.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Blocking porn

I think it is a moot argument.  Block it and people will find a technical work around without having to go through official channels so the aim of the block will not be achieved in any case.  

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geoffart

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geoffart says:

PG

exacly. people will simply and very easily use p2p software and then if that is made restricted then theyll encrypt their activity. i guess blocking stops young people accidently coming across really hardcore material, but again its parental responsibility. i think  three operators will start the block first. it will be interesting if they take a hit in new customers.thatll be all the people who find the block restrictive but dont want to be on a list of people specifically requesting porn.

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ninjachica

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ninjachica says:

Where do you stop?

Obviously, child porn is illegal and so it should be blocked (or, better still the perpetrators prosecuted).

Bestiality is also illegal (in most places) so do you black that?

Consenting sex between adults (in most forms) is not illegal, so why should it be blocked?  Don't want your 10 year old to see it - then don't give them access to it. (How many 10 year olds found daddy's magazines without coming to any harm?)

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oscarthegrouch

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who looks at child porn?

sick people thats who

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preunit

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preunit says:

"Bestiality is also illegal (in most places)"

with the exceptions of Australia, New Zealand and Wales where it's a national sport :unsure:

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