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#1 Hum

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 21:14

(CNN) -- Iceland is working on banning Internet pornography, calling explicit online images a threat to children.

'"There is a strong consensus building in Iceland," Halla Gunnarsdottir, an adviser to the nation's Interior Minister, told England's Daily Mail. "We have so many experts, from educationalists to the police and those who work with children behind this, that this has become much broader than party politics.

"At the moment, we are looking at the best technical ways to achieve this. But surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the Internet."

Such a step is somewhat surprising among Western nations that, for the most part, champion free-speech rights. But the move wouldn't be unprecedented in the island nation.

Iceland has had laws banning the printing and distribution of pornography for years, but those laws haven't been updated to include the Web. And two years ago, the nation's parliament banned strip clubs, saying they violate the rights of the women who work in them.

Iceland would become the first Western democracy to try and block pornography online.

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#2 psionicinversion

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 21:33

iceland lol, well i guess the EVE online event in rekyjavik will be boring if they banned strip clubs 2 years ago :p. Stupid though, they violate womens rights who wrok in them but surely if the women were bothered they wouldnt work there. stupid. Blocking internet porn... when theres a will theres a way

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 21:38

So that's why mums go to Iceland?

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 21:39

Yeah right. Like that's gonna happen. 80% of the internet is porn.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 00:42

I think it's a good idea

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 00:45

"At the moment, we are looking at the best technical ways to achieve this. But surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the Internet."


Not sure if serious.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 00:55



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 00:57

They'll take my poRn away when they pry it from my cold dead sticky hand ... :woot:

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:00

Wow, that would suck. I'd be moving. I need p0rn like I need air.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:05

When I read the title I was thinking .... 'huh? and all those times I avoided going shopping!'

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:16

When will they realize that without the porn there would be no internet today as we know it. Besides the best way to keep kids away from porn is to be real parents and pay attention to what your kids are doing.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:37

When will they realize that without the porn there would be no internet today as we know it. Besides the best way to keep kids away from porn is to be real parents and pay attention to what your kids are doing.

but that parents are lazy they want other (such as teacher, or government workers) to do the parenting instead.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:40

What else is there to do in Iceland?

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:01



Couldn't resist lol.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:25

I'm so tired of hearing it's for the children I could scream.