The government’s first big attempt at web censorship is an attempt to ban pornography from the internet ‘for the kids’. To be precise:
Under the scheme to protect children from extreme images, hardcore sites would be automatically banned from ALL UK homes.
Anyone who wanted to access them would have to “opt in” – but first prove they are over 18.
In itself this is a massive violation of sexual privacy- anyone who fancies a wank to internet porn will have to provide the government with their name and proof of identity. All this despite the fact that there is very little actual evidence that pornography harms anyone.
Once the precenedent and technology exists to force ISP’s to censor objectionable content how long will it be restricted to porn?
File sharing websites supposedly cost the music and film industry millions so they’ll be blocked.
Racism’s bad so filtering out racist sites won’t be controversial- until it is realised that anyone sceptical of immigration or critical of Islamic extremism can no longer be read without ticking a box that says “I am a Nazi who wants to view hate sites”.
This government is no different from it’s predecessor in its contempt for civil liberties.