Internet at Risk: Cameron’s ‘Porn Filter’ is a Stalking Horse for Censorship

Posted: July 27, 2013 by tallbloke in Accountability, government, Legal, Philosophy, Politics

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From Wired

The British prime minister’s internet filters will be about more than just hardcore pornography, according to information obtained by the Open Rights Group.

The organisation, which campaigns for digital freedoms, has spoken to some of the Internet Service Providers that will be constructing Cameron’s content filters. They discovered that a host of other categories of supposedly-objectionable material may be on the block-list.

As well as pornography, users may automatically be opted in to blocks on “violent material”, “extremist related content”, “anorexia and eating disorder websites” and “suicide related websites”, “alcohol” and “smoking”. But the list doesn’t stop there. It even extends to blocking “web forums” and “esoteric material”, whatever that is. “Web blocking circumvention tools” is also included, of course.

The ORG’s Jim Killock says: “What’s clear here is that David Cameron wants people to sleepwalk into censorship. We know that people stick with defaults: this is part of the idea behind ‘nudge theory’ and ‘choice architecture’ that is popular with Cameron.”

He adds: “The implication is that filtering is good, or at least harmless, for anyone, whether adult or child. Of course, this is not true; there’s not just the question of false positives for web users, but the affect on a network economy of excluding a proportion of a legitimate website’s audience.”

You can find out more over at the Open Rights Group’s website.

Comments
  1. Joe Public says:

    Oh look who’d be a front-runner to implement the censorship:- Huawei

    Could it be their proven expertise in implementing State-Controlled “Great Firewall of China” censor-software that puts them in pole position?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23452097

  2. tallbloke says:

    Joe, more likely it’s the fact their hardware is used at all the major Telco’s these days. Scary innit?

  3. Joe Public says:

    In October 2012, Edward Timpson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children & Families wrote specifically stating “There are, therefore, no proposals for censoring internet content, or preventing adults from accessing content………….”

    Copy of his letter posted here yesterday. [Be aware that blogger, incited by governmental duplicity, is prone you using colourful language that may disturb those of a fragile disposition.]

  4. Fanakapan says:

    This whole issue should have brewed to a nicety by the time the ‘Honourable Members’ start sitting again 🙂

  5. mwhite says:

    More Chinese imports

  6. suricat says:

    Cameron is a responsible parent that represents ~1/3 of the electorate. My children are ‘old enough’ (decades past the age of ‘self determination’) and able to decide what they should download from the Internet. ‘Their children’ (my grandchildren) are well supervised by my children and any doubt of inappropriate access is advised by ‘me’ (granddad).

    WTF makes Cameron think he should dictate what “the electorate” should download!!! [Oops, that’ll hit the ‘filter’]

    Aside from the implications to the ‘FOIA’ (Freedom Of Information Act), this reminds me of a ‘quote’. Was it Charlemagne or Napoleon that said:
    The needs of the many are greater than the needs of the few?
    I’m not sure of the quote, but a ‘caveat emptor’ should apply:
    Beware of the few, as they may become the coercion of the many.

    Let’s put it to the vote! 😉

    Best regards, Ray.

  7. Jake Stratton-Kent says:

    We should compare Borg-Cameron’s plans to block ‘esoteric’ content with his calls for ‘Assimilation’ by immigrants. The latter conveniently overlooks the fact that many native Britons are themselves not assimilated to the norm he envisages. Also that religious Nonconformism is a thoroughly indigenous phenomena with a long history. ‘Esoteric’ or alternative beliefs are also ‘nonconformist’ by prevailing definitions. In short, non-assimilation is not only characteristic of ‘foreigners’ and being ‘free to conform’ is no freedom at all.

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