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Good day dear fellow, could you turn on the porn ... i quite fancy a wank

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All the way back in October 2011, there was a controversial proposal in the UK to introduce a mandatory opt-in to view adult content on the web. The proposal, put forward by special interest groups such as the Mothers' Union charity, received public support from some Members of Parliament, including Prime Minister David Cameron, and would have required internet service providers to automatically restrict access to pornographic content unless users registered to opt in to view such materials with their ISP.

Unsurprisingly, ISPs weren't exactly thrilled by this prospect and have repeatedly resisted and rejected calls to get on board with the proposals. Earlier this year, the UK's Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) said that "forcing ISPs to filter adult content at the network level, which users would then have to opt out of, is neither the most effective nor most appropriate way to prevent access to inappropriate material online", and went on to highlight the ease with which such restrictions could be circumvented.

But over a year on, it seems that the plans have now fallen apart. BBC News reports that Government ministers have rejected the proposals to automatically block access to adult content at an ISP level, citing a lack of support among parents and other interested parties. Despite a petition with over 115,000 signatures being submitted to the Prime Minister's Office, a ten-week consultation found that just a third of parents were in favour of an automatic universal block, while a further 15% wanted to see certain content filtered but not on the full scale originally proposed.

The final report on the consultation period found "no great appetite among parents for the introduction of default filtering of the internet by their ISP", but 13% of respondents were said to support "a system where you are automatically asked some questions about what you want your children to access". The report also appeared to echo the sentiments of ISPA in suggesting that a universal block would create a "false sense of security" for parents, given that no system would be able to successfully and completely restrict access to "all potentially harmful content".

Indeed, in the wake of the report, it seems that both ministers and ISPs are now favouring better awareness of parental control tools as a more practical solution to the problem. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) expressed disappointment at the outcome. While it praised the Government for taking "a step in the right direction in making the internet safer for children", the NSPCC's Alan Wardle maintains that "the best option to protect children is for adult content to be automatically blocked" by ISPs.

What are your thoughts on the outcome of the consultation? Would you have been comfortable registering with your ISP to be able to access adult content? Do you think it was a mistake to reject the proposals? And should parents take more responsibility in protecting their children online?

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Would I be comfortable registering, hell no but realistically I wouldn't have to inorder to get the latest mommy got boobs, so I wouldn't mind a ban even though I wouldn't say I'm necessarily for it either.

 

That being said parents definitely need to police their kids online activity more but parenting before the net was a hard enough job, it seems now you need I.T. qualifications as well when you have kids.

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pisses me off every time that verification screen comes up on my o2... cunts

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ridiculous

 

down to the parents nothing else

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ridiculous

 

down to the parents nothing else

 

*mums

 

 

you know 90% of dads are fuming aswell :lol:

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just the spelling of quite is pissing me off

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goverment tryna rule people again

 

up to individual households to act acordinly there are system filters already in place so no need for anything else

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just the spelling of quite is pissing me off

 

Ahh shut it...

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ridiculous

 

down to the parents nothing else

I think the point of it is so that parents who don't know how to implement a parental lock will already have one in place

 

tbh i reckon if they want to implement this at all it should be on the router or on the users computer, 'llow having one big database of people who watch porn, im not cool with that

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dumb shit

 

the pirate bay block worked well didnt it?

 

idiots

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swear even the UN's proposals got blocked this week as well

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lol you think the US is gonna relinquish control of the internet?

 

swear most of the 13 root name serers are in the US? with some being controlled by the military

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