Once again, people are pushing for ISPs to apply filters for pornography.
David Cameron proposed the idea: that people taking out new contracts with internet service providers (ISPs) should have to opt in to being able to “access porn”. The idea then was that the “big four” ISPs – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky, who cover 17.6 million of the more than 19 million broadband users in the UK – would let people tick (or untick) a box when they got a new contract.
That time, the proposal emerged from a Cameron meeting with the Mothers’ Union. This time, it came from a breakfast conference. This time, there is also the background mood music of a restive right wing in the Tory party unhappy at setbacks and compromise, and the boombox backing of Claire Perry, a Tory MP who chaired an independent inquiry into online child protection. Perry has been calling loudly for filtering of some sort, saying: “We know the current model is failing [and] we need [the ISPs] to acknowledge there is a problem, and we need to do that quickly.”
1.Do you agree with this proposal?
2.Is this just another lazy way to prevent your child from viewing pornography instead of the parent talking responsibility for the child?