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Why people don't like "porn" filters

The BBC reports:
The vast majority of new broadband customers in the UK are opting out of "child friendly" filters when prompted to install them by service providers.
The industry watchdog Ofcom found fewer than one in seven households installed the feature, which is offered by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The filters block pornographic websites, as well as pages promoting self-harm or drug taking.
SOURCE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28440067
[my emphasis]

I've written about censorship a lot on my blog[1]. There's a comprehensive wikipedia article that relates specifically to it here. The reason I'm so passionate about it is because I spent years working in "the mainstream media" and many of the people I admired in that industry were constantly on the sharp end of "you can't say that".

Just to context this article, I have argued in the past that Islamic hate preachers should be allowed to have their say. I'm with the extremists on the principle of free speech. We should be more like the Americans in this respect, free speech is an act of faith in the people of the UK, it's one of our nation's CORE VALUES.

I'm not a fan of free speech for fun, I think it demonstrably gave us an advantage over other nations in the past. This is because it allowed us to learn when and why we were wrong about something. If you allow even your critics to speak freely you get to hear the counter narrative to your ideas. If you have faith in the goodness of people and your ability to articulate what you think is right, you should have nothing to fear from your critics only things you can learn.

Her Majesty's Government apparently does not fully agree with this. What a terrible shame that is the case as our country was, prior to becoming a major world power, one of the pioneers of a free speech society. It's embedded in our intellectual DNA and is an idea about to come into its own.

One recent example of the terrible consequences of HM Government's state censorship over the last 50 years or so is the AWFUL paedophile scandal still emerging in the UK's news feeds. It was CLEARLY kept quiet with techniques alike to "porn" filters, such as "D-notices", "libel threats" and cautious lectures about "the public interest". The result of this suppression of information is we've stored up a lot of problems which are only now bursting like a boil onto the face of the nation.

Think I'm being alarmist? Here are but three instances where an EE phone I use for work has blocked content that is clearly not porn but certainly "politically dangerous".

The fact is these porn filters are not just filtering "pornographic websites, as well as pages promoting self-harm or drug taking". If reality were as it is here being reported this story would be a puzzler. It might even lead you to think of your fellow "subjects" as self harming, porn loving, junkies. However, it's not a true picture of events, even the most basic of research reveals this. The BBC may be misinformed, or it may be deliberately lying, my trust in that organisation is almost non-existent these days. However my faith in the general public is at an all time high. Britons are not stupid, they are not cattle and they are not your slaves. That's why they aren't signing up to these porn filters. No other reason.

HERE ARE THREE EXAMPLES OF SITES BLOCKED THAT ARE NOT PORN:
http://stavvers.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/is-stalking-feminist-praxis-these-days/


http://topconservativenews.com/2013/05/labour-party-counciller-calls-for-20-year-ban-of-flying-offensive-flag-of-england/

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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