British Pornographers Called to Improve ISP FiltersAdded: Monday, February 24th, 2014
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One of the UK industry groups has started a new website meant to educate parents about content filters, because it turned out that the government-imposed filters fail to do their job. Pornography filters introduced by British ISPs at the government’s behest seem to be blocking innocent websites while failing to block adult ones.
Adult industry has expressed concern that the use of the recently imposed filtering could lead to misblocking and is currently calling the government to pay attention to this problem. They have launched their own website, xxxaware.co.uk, which is meant to tell parents about the range of tools available to block access to unwanted websites and enable parental instruments on various devices ranging from computers to smartphones, tablets, games consoles, TVs and apps.
The group of companies that started the site explained that it will give parents the choice, control and confidence to decide what is right for their kids. The launch is supported by Portland TV (the adult content channel), Studio 66 TV, Paul Raymond Publications, WMIT and a couple of firms carrying out age verification – Veridu and Intelligent Identity.
However, since the site was launched, the group has had no contact from policymakers or anybody in government. This is why they have some concerns about “overblocking” - preventing access to websites that kids might need to access, like those about sex education. They are also afraid of “underblocking”, where websites with inappropriate content are accessible. All this has led to intense debate about the benefits and drawbacks of filtering and whether adults should be able to choose for themselves what websites to block. For example, last month Sky’s parental control filters mistakenly blocked a code plugin called jQuery, needed for the operation of many top sites. As a result, many sites lost much of their functionality.
The industry points out that imposing filtering on a household’s Internet feed may cut adults off from legitimate porn while failing to block it from kids. The largest British ISPs, including Sky, BT and TalkTalk, have explained that their new customers will have to make a choice between having filters enabled or not.
However, the group behind xxxaware believes that their site will tell parents about instruments available to provide parental controls on a device-by-device basis, as opposed to the blunt method of wholesale ISP filtering. As an industry-wide initiative, they want to encourage the uptake of parental controls so that adult users could continue to access the material they need, without risk to kids or government intervention.
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Monday, February 24th, 2014
|David Cameron has a lot to answer for in blocking child charities when trying to stop internet porn and should change his name to Mary Whitehouse,as with all blocks by ISP and Government where there`s a will there is a way which is how I am here today and no great feat as we are all aware.|
If adults wish to control what their kids see and do not see being repressive fascistic A-holes then they can easily do so in their own firewalls and no government intervention or blocks is required,but they better put up their kids allowance since they will then go to the local corner shop and get porn mags off the top shelf for their porn or steal their parents porn. : D
|Thankyou Embolism, well said. Blocking sites in any form, style or manner is a tiny step away from big brother and to my mind a big firkin nono. Educate your kids peeps, don't blind em.|
I don't know about you lot, but when I was a child if someone forbade me to do something it just made me more determined to do it
|who cares i'm canadain|
|posted by (2014-02-24 03:25:27)|
Pity you can't spell Canadian you must be a child? and should not be involved in this discussion, By the way what's happening in the UK is coming to a town or city near you soon so you should care!
|posted by (2014-02-24 16:10:54)|
|I don't care TOO much. I live in Australia, but even WE have morons like Cameron in government. Luckily for US they're greatly in the minority, and have a difficult time getting idiotic laws passed, as it seems some politicians DO listen to their constituents, and refuse to pass any mandatory filtering laws. (Some ISP's do filter SOME material, but overall it's negligible, barely noticeable, and easy to circumvent if you're determined ... or devious)|
PS. How easy would it be for a tech savvy kid to set up a VPN to a foreign country, thereby BYPASSING all ISP filtering? I heard of two TWELVE year-olds in a local school who found and set up a free VPN to servers in Japan, just to see if they COULD. If THEY can do it ... ANYONE can.
|posted by (2014-02-24 21:15:12)|
|"Mary Whitehouse" bueheheh nice one ...|
|Oh yeah, “overblocking” is what will always surely happen.....|
|if people want to watch porn so fking what .. stupid filters|
|posted by (2014-02-26 21:08:21)|
|oh oh; Here comes da "Dick" squad going after all the "wankers" waka waka LMFAO...|
Seriously if their sniveling whining is claimed - "Protect" the children from seeing "porn"; then get the parents involved.. Yet given today all the little buggers are banging each other already in parks, under bushes, in cars, etc. You ain't going to stop it anyway..
|We are supposed to drown our sorrow by consuming a little bit more.We need a different name for these kinds of filters.|
I propose "Divergent Opinion Filter".
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