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UK: Google Against Plans For ISPs To Filter Adult Content

     

engine

5:26 pm on May 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I agree, it's not a good idea for ISPs to be the filter. Think about it, it could be your site that is blocked, and who are they to decide if it fits into a particular category.
UK: Google Against Plans For ISPs To Filter Adult Content [bbc.co.uk]
Proposals to force users to opt-in to access adult content would be "a mistake", Google has said.

Speaking during a debate in Hertfordshire, the company warned against allowing private companies to manage lists of inappropriate websites.

The government is currently consulting with ISPs to determine if such filters should be on by default.

Some ISPs, such as TalkTalk, have already provided an option to filter adult content at a network level.

If the government decides to introduce the blocks, it would mean web users would have to inform their ISPs if they want to view adult content.

BeeDeeDubbleU

8:32 am on May 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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the company warned against allowing private companies to manage lists of inappropriate websites
Yes, they mean private companies other than themselves!

I agree, it's not a good idea for ISPs to be the filter. Think about it, it could be your site that is blocked, and who are they to decide if it fits into a particular category.

Who is anyone to decide? Adult content on the Internet is much too readily available to minors. There must be some sort of controls otherwise more of this will happen. [dailyrecord.co.uk...]

If minors go into a newsagent the adult magazines are on the top shelf where they cannot reach them without asking. We need to create a similar structure online.

engine

5:13 pm on May 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Adult content on the Internet is much too readily available to minors. There must be some sort of controls...


I agree that we need to help protect children from inappropriate content, but there are already tools available to do that.

The first option should be about educating the parents.

The number of times i've heard parents say, "oh, he's a whizz at computers." Yeah, and they have no idea. Come on parents, you need to know what your little surfer is up to. Teach them, encourage them, learn with them. It will be a richer experience for all parties involved.

No, i'm not keen on ISPs blocking it, including google.

There are many apparently non-adult sites where kids can get into difficulties, even sites such as facebook, or IM. Chatting to strangers can be risky, and kids are more easily taken in by those that wish to do evil.

Where do you draw the line at blocking? Everyone will have a different opinion, and if FB was blocked by an ISP there are some adults in the same household that would get upset.

Finally, you won't be able to stop them entirely, but you can make it difficult for them.

It mostly comes down to education, imho.

BeeDeeDubbleU

9:38 am on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The first option should be about educating the parents.
Unfortunately people have been saying this in here for ten years or more. A generation of children have had access to this stuff and it is getting worse instead of better.

The reality is that many parents cannot be educated or just don't care. Many others (perhaps correctly) assume that the authorities will be protecting their children from published stuff like this.

The bottom line is that the kids can access it and unfortunately if the parents are not doing anything about it then someone else has to assume the reponsibility.

engine

3:55 pm on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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If it's not parents, who do you think ought to be responsible for this, and how would it be managed?
 

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