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  Censorship in the name of safety...

The government plans to extend its internet child safety think tank to include adults

Link Here 22nd October 2017
UKCCIS logoWhilst speaking about the Government's recently published Internet Safety Strategy green paper, Suzie Hargreaves of the Internet Watch Foundation noted upcoming changes to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). This is a government run body that includes many members from industry and child protection campaigners. It debates many internet issues about the protection of children which routinely touches on internet control and censorship. Hargreaves noted that the UKCCIS looks set to expand its remit. She writes:

The Government recognises the work of UKCCIS and wants to align it more closely with the Internet Safety Strategy. Renaming it the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), the Government is proposing broadening the council's remit to adults, having a smaller and higher-profile executive board, reconsidering the role of the working groups to ensure that there is flexibility to respond to new issues, looking into an independent panel or working group to discuss the social media levy, and reviewing available online safety resources.


  Just a sideline in adult porn censorship...

IWF reports on minimal action against adult obscene websites in the UK

Link Here 7th September 2017
iwf annual report 2016 The IWF 2016 Annual Report was published on 3 April 2017 and commendably is mostly primarily concerned with the removal and blocking of child abuse material. However the organisation also has a remit to censor adult porn .

The IWF report contains just a short section on this topic:

In 2016, 4,031 reports of alleged criminally obscene adult content were made to us. Almost all were not hosted in the UK, so they weren’t in our remit.

1 URL depicted criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK received from a public source.


  Coming of age...

IWF celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Link Here 23rd October 2016
20th anniversary internet watch foundation logoThe Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) marked its 20th Anniversary on 21st October 2016.

At 11.21am on 21 October, 1996 the very first report was made to the newly-formed IWF. It came in by telephone, to a small room in a Victorian town house in Oakington, a village just outside Cambridge.

20 years later:

  • 699,403 reports have been assessed by the IWF's analysts, with,
  • 281,781* of those showing the sexual abuse of children. One report might show one, or thousands of images or videos of sexual abuse

Commendably the IWF has kept its child porn remit and generally steered clear from the censorship of adult porn.


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