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ISPs to include porn filters as default in the UK by 2014

New and existing customers will have to opt out of filtering program.

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Parental filters for pornographic content will come as a default setting for all homes in the UK by the end of 2013, says David Cameron's special advisor on preventing the sexualization and commercialization of childhood, Claire Perry MP.

Internet service providers (ISP) will be expected to provide filtering technology to new and existing customers with an emphasis on opting out, rather than opting in.

"[in the UK] we will have filters where if you do nothing, the parental filters will come pre-ticked," said Perry, speaking at a Westminster eForum on 14 June.

The move is part of a government effort to force ISPs to make filtering a standard option across industry and to make the technology easier for consumers to use. As ISPs are voluntarily rolling out filtering technology, it will require no new legislation or regulations.

It had previously been feared that the government would force ISPs to block access to pornographic content unless a consumer specifically requested it.

 

 

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I wonder if they keep a "wants porn" list.

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Yikes, can't imagine calling up the customer service people to say I want to access my regular porn sites so please take me off the block list. :ermm:

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Haha! I imagine a lot of people would be too embarrassed to opt out of the filtering program.

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why aren't the porn sites putting up a fight?

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i have been blocking adult content on my home network for years using Open DNS

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They are going to call it the "Glitter" filter.

 

They should also make the filter available as some kind of locally-installed proxy application for parents (fathers) who want to protect their young kids, but who also enjoy the odd ###### when the wife has a 'headache'.

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Haha! I imagine a lot of people would be too embarrassed to opt out of the filtering program.

 

Maybe, but I won't be one of them. Don't censor my Internet.

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Maybe, but I won't be one of them. Don't censor my Internet.

Indeed.  Something along the lines of:

 

"I understand that you are now illegally censoring my right to freedom of speech and demand that all such filters be removed from my paid for connection immediately."

 

Should do nicely.

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I'm sure anyone with 15 minutes to spare can simply use TOR, torrents, alternative DNS's, or find storage locker links to download porn..

Or they could, you know, call up and have it unblocked legitimately?

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Or they could, you know, call up and have it unblocked legitimately?

 

Until 7am the next day? that's a lot of calls to the ISP?

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Trust me, some people aren't bothered about calling up an ISP to remove it. I've had customers call up because they can't access an 'escort' site... even had customers call up to report they cannot access nzbmatrix (was a few years back) - yes, they cannot access a website to download pirated materials...

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I'm sure they will be more bothered if they have to call daily

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i recall this is going to be a waste for a few reasons. (i could be wrong if it has changed, but this is what i read anyway)

 

it's opt out, it's going to be an 'option' on new computers.

 

so bumbling parents who have no idea how to use a computer, which lets face it, 90% of them are the ones making all the noise and the ones who have the issue, they are the ones that will let their children set up the computers, who in tern are going to opt out of the filters.

 

you have to indicate if you have children in the house when setting up the computer, or maybe the ISP's will now send a cd that you will have to install to access the internet, which will do the same, answer a bunch of questions and opt in/out. 

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domain name filter? bypass with neutral DNS

filter by banning non ISP DNS? bypass with modifying host files entries after you find the real sites' IP

IP address filter? bypass with proxy

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No, it will be installed on the network - similar to IWF. 

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I'm sure they will be more bothered if they have to call daily

I think the ISP's are the ones going to be bothered if they're facing (possibly) thousands of phone calls to have sites blocked or unblocked...

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I daresay it will be either controllable from the customer's management page... so no calls.

OR - ISPs will allow it to be add/removed X times a year.

 

Seriously, my worry is all these people panicking as their porn is shut off! I think it's the best thing to happen to the Internet in a long time! If you're an adult and you want to still view porn, then opt out. If you don't want to be subjected to it, or your kids... then you are protected. ALWAYS ways around things for those who really want to view it, but this is for the MAJORITY of situations.

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i have been blocking adult content on my home network for years using Open DNS

 

This, opendns does a great job at doing this

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This, opendns does a great job at doing this

 

 

Agreed. OpenDNS is brilliant - even paid for the service to do it too.

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lol i dont pay the free service is fine

 

the devices i need it on get the IP details via DHCP and the other computers are static so dont

 

works very well :D

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I wonder why its just the UK? is it the net cop?

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I wonder why its just the UK? is it the net cop?

 

I think David Cameron was getting bored sitting in his office doing nothing, I bet porn aint blocked on his computer lol

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I wonder why its just the UK? is it the net cop?

 

Unfortunately, society has changed a lot over the last 10 years. It is actually becoming a case where children are becoming addicted to porn etc.

Hence why it is coming into effect.

 

I had an addition to online porn (and I am 34) - almost destroyed my life, so I welcome it. The seed was planted when I was a kid and when I got online in 1996, it meant I had easy access to the stuff and it spiralled. I've been 'porn free' for over 3 years now, and see things for what it is.

I am telling you, it is creating a society where kids see women/men etc as objects and nothing is off limits.

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