By now, if you keep up on international news, you've probably heard (Or read) something along the lines of "Cameron's War on Smut"; Such headlines are referencing David Cameron's proposed requirement for pornographic content to be "Filtered" by default, and those wishing to see said filtered content must specifically request to view it. The British government is current working with ISPs in the nation to help determine what to filter and what can go unhindered.
Cameron's end goal is to make the internet safer for children in Britain, but critics contest that this is too far, saying it violates privacy, and will be generally ineffective. Supporters respond by stating you can always opt out of filtration (The source of most critic's objection, a violation of privacy).
He has already spoken to BBC Radio(2)'s Jeremy Vine, but was generally unclear on some of the key issues. Personally, I'm curious to see what details are released in the near future. Could "Pornographic Content" be strictly sex on film? Or, will this result in anything pertaining to sexual acts, fetishes (IE: Sites like ADISC) and the like being filtered by default?
In the more immediate future, Cameron has called for the following:
"Simulated Rape", as well as other "Extreme" (No solid clarification as to what this means) content to be outright banned.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre will draft a list of search results that will be blocked from users by default. The same terminology used to block results will be used to help catch online predators.
All that said, what do you think, is this is a reasonable approach to preventing child abuse, or the first step on a slippery slope, which ends in an "Orwellian" (I hate to use this term, as it's been beaten to death as of late) society? I'm especially interested to hear what members of ADISC from the UK think of it. Also, do you think this sort of legislation has a future on other nations; Why or why not?
P.S. For those who aren't in the loop, David Cameron is the British Prime Minister. (I only mention this as I've spoken to someone recently who still thought Tony Blair was the PM)
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