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1st March

 Offsite Article: British fetish film-makers are organising against censorship...

Link Here  full story: UK Governments Consults on Age Checks for Porn...Government proposes censoring porn websites that are not age verified
pandora blake 2016 logo30 British fetish film-makers met to discuss UK porn censorship, particularly the news that at the start of 2016 video-on-demand regulator ATVOD was shut down and re-absorbed into its parent body, Ofcom

See article from pandorablake.com

 

24th February

 Offsite Article: Not Just TV-Like...

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sex and censorship logoJerry Barnett notes that the government's new porn censorship proposal is a lot wider than just Video on Demand and will require robust age verification for the likes of Google Image Search and Instagram

See article from sexandcensorship.org

 

22nd February

 Offsite Article: Plans to restrict access to pornography are motivated by nothing and will achieve nothing...

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the news hub logoDavid Cameron wants to protect teenagers from the wild world of sex on the internet - but this generation is more sexually responsible than we tend to think. By Clare Bowden

See article from the-newshub.com

 

21st February

 Offsite Article: From ATVOD to Ofcom...

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sex and censorship logoOut of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire. By Jerry Barnett

See article from sexandcensorship.org

 

19th February

 Offsite Article: Is this the most inane government consultation of all time...

Link Here  full story: UK Governments Consults on Age Checks for Porn...Government proposes censoring porn websites that are not age verified
politics co uk logoThe government's online porn consultation asks people how to implement imaginary powers to deal with an imaginary problem in order to create a regulator they scrapped 3 months ago.

See article from uk.news.yahoo.com

 

16th February

  The Canute Consultation...

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Government consults on age verification for porn and the censorship of foreign websites that don't comply
Link Here  full story: UK Governments Consults on Age Checks for Porn...Government proposes censoring porn websites that are not age verified
canute consultation The Government has put porn viewers on notice that perhaps it might be wise to download a few 64 Gb memory sticks worth of free porn so that they have enough to last a lifetime. The government has launched a consultation suggesting that foreign porn websites should be blocked, censored and suffocated of funds if they don't comply with don't comply with an 18 age verification process and compliance to the discriminatory government censorship rules that ban anything slightly kinky especially if favoured for women's porn.

The tome and ideas in the consultation are very much along primitive and unviable age verification methods that has so successfully suffocated the UK porn business. In fact the consultation notes that the UK impact on the multi billion pound porn industry is insignificant and amounts to just 17 websites.

There seems little in the consultation that considers how the porn industry will evolve if it is made troublesome for adults to get verified. I suspect that there is already enough porn in existence on people's hard drives to circulate around and last several life times for everybody. Perhaps this should be known as the Canute Consultation.

Anyway, the government writes in its introduction to the consultation:

The UK is a world leader in the work it does to improve child safety online, but we cannot be complacent. Government has a responsibility to protect citizens from harm, especially the young and most vulnerable.

That is why we committed in our manifesto to requiring age verification for access to pornographic material online, and are now seeking views on how we deliver on our commitment. The Consultation Survey

Our preferred method of capturing your responses to our consultation questions is via the dedicated online survey. Please click on the link to share your views with us. Other documents

In order to base policy development on evidence, DCMS commissioned experts from across the UK to conduct a review of evidence into the routes via which children access online pornography. The report of the expert panel was formally submitted in November 2015 and provides helpful context to the issue. Please see document above.

Also published above is our regulatory triage assessment which considers the potential costs to UK businesses.

Respond online

or write to:

FAO Child Online Safety Team
4th Floor
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street
London SW1A 2BQ

Responses are required by 12pm on 12th April 2016.

 

15th February

 Offsite Article: No Sex Please, We're British...

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dreams of spanking logoPandora Blake Battles UK Censorship

See article from globalcomment.com

 

28th January

 Offsite Article: Cameron's opt out from net neutrality...

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David CameronArs Technica surveys the state of play in Cameron's progress towards internet porn censorship

See article from arstechnica.co.uk

 

2nd January

 Updated: Good Riddance ATVOD...

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Ofcom consults on proposals for Video on Demand censorship rules and processes
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ofcom future reguilation on demand ATVOD was sacked from its job as the Video on Demand censor a few weeks back. Ofcom has now taken over the role from 1st January 2016.

Ofcom has just published a paper outlining transitionary arrangements for Video on Demand Censorship and has outlined proposals for future changes to processes. Ofcom is consulting on these proposals and invites responses by 1st March 2016.

Ofcom will take on some employees from ATVOD and in the first instance the ATVOD censorship rules and processes will be continued. However Ofcom makes the following proposals for the future:

  • Service providers will still be required to register for censorship using more or less the same impossibly convoluted rules that currently exist (perhaps with improved explanation).
  • Ofcom proposes that service providers should no longer be charged a fee. (Ofcom note that the marginal cost to extend current TV censorship processes to Video on Demand are not great).
  • Ofcom will reorganise the complaints procedure along the lines of that used for broadcast complaints
  • Ofcom will rewrite the censorship rules in the style of the TV broadcast rules but substantive content will not be likely to change much as it is basically derived from EU and UK decrees.
David Cameron

In July 2013, UK prime minister David  Cameron announced a series of measures to censor the internet.

Petitions

Do Not Force ISP Filtering of Pornography and Other Content

David Cameron: Stop Sleepwalking the UK into Censorship
 

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Censorship Policies

All internet users will have to choose network level website blocking. For new users by the end of 2013. For existing customers by end of 2014. The subscriber making the choices will be subject to age verification and further updates to the blocking options may only be made by the account holder.

Website blocking to be applied to all new mobile phones

Prohibited possession of extreme pornography will be extended to scenes of simulated rape.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is to draw up a blacklist of banned Google search terms, Chinese style.

Hardcore services on Connected TVs to be restricted to videos within BBFC R18 guidelines

There will be stronger powers for watchdogs to investigate the hidden internet -- heavily encrypted forums and pages that allow abusers to cover their tracks

Adult content will be banned on public WiFi

Ofcom to oversee this implementation of these measures.