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....but I wasn't a wanker so I didn't speak up.

I'm sorry about the title but Man Widdicome started it, and I just couldn't resist.

He reports at his place that the government plans to make the first serious inroads into Internet censorship by blocking pornography to houses with children.

Internet pornography could be blocked from entering the homes of people with children, under plans being considered by the Government.

Once again the government considers interfering in something that has absolutely nothing to do with them. What an adult chooses to watch on their home PC is their own business. If they have children then it's their responsibility to see they are protected from it and no one elses.

Instead of using parents having to choose to stop access to explicit websites, through parental controls, a block will be placed at source, meaning adults will have to specifically opt-in to receive the images.

Instead of parents having to choose to block porn? That's just more nannying; removing more responsibility from people for their actions.

Do they really believe that every pornographic image can be blocked. There is a hell of a lot of porn out there, I've looked. What happens when some gets through and children see it because there is no parental filter in place on the PC, as will obviously happen? Does the parent then sue the Internet provider and get compensation?

That's the usual consequence of taking responsibility away from the individual. They start to believe that they need not do anything as the government is looking after them.When something then goes wrong, they want compensation.

Mr Vaizey said: “This is a very serious matter. I think it is very important that it’s the ISPs (internet service providers) that come up with solutions to protect children.” “I’m hoping they will get their acts together so we don’t have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years.”

Typical. Protect the children. The statement that can be used to justify any draconian piece of legislation, and if you disagree, you obviously believe that it's ok for children to be exposed to hard core porn, you evil person.

Why do the ISPs have to take action to protect children? They provide an Internet service to adults. They don't provide a service to children, children have no money to pay for it. Adults purchase a service from ISP and it's up to the paying adult to decide how they use that service and how they protect their own children from possible harmful consequences of that service.

And I seriously doubt that you hope you won't have to legislate. This is typical of our overlords. Identify a non problem. Make people sign a voluntary code. Declare that it hasn't worked and legislate.

Maybe this is a good way to keep tabs on adults who watch porn by keeping records of those who choose to opt in. Everything enjoyable needs to be regulated by the government these days. Anyone who chooses to enjoy themselves in a non, government approved manner must be some kind of dangerous subversive.
Ed Vaizey, the communications minister, has called a meeting with the country’s biggest broadband providers, including BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, to explore changing how pornography gets into homes.

I wonder if these ISPs have any more spine than the pub industry. If they do, they will tell Mr Vaizey to go fuck himself. With the help of some Internet porn, no doubt.

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