Porn-Free Filtered Internet Connections Proposed by "Big Four" UK ISPs

By Gary Cutlack on at

BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin are working on plans to block adult material, with the option to bar rude content set to appear as part of your broadband package options when you sign up.

The ISPs are implementing guidelines outlined in this summer's Bailey Report, which, among many other things, suggests parents are offered "a choice at the point of purchase over whether they want adult content on their home internet, laptops or smart phones".

So instead of an easily bypassed software filter or site blocking solution that sits on your desktop, the new system will filter content deemed rude at ISP level. The tits won't even make it to your router.

Obviously this is going to be an absolute nightmare to enforce. Where do you draw the line? Where would an automated filter be told to draw the line? Is the Daily Mail's latest outrage update about what Rihanna wore on the Jonathan Ross Show last night, including 43 photographs of her underpants, porn?

Presumably if you sign up for this partially blocked version of the internet, you'll be expected to waive the rights to complain about its automated filters stopping you browsing the underpants section of the Burton web site, or looking at holiday snaps on Facebook?

It'll no doubt be nice for some people to have the moral choice and the feeling of comfort gained from signing up for what they believe to be a cleansed, safer version of internet, but relying on filters alone is never going to work.

Unless it's cheaper. A porn-free internet would have to be cheaper. Who'd pay full price for that? [BBC]

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