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July 22, 2013 9:20 AM Subscribe
Online pornography to be blocked by default
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in the UK, announces Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech today. Internet users will have to contact their ISPs to opt out of the filter. Possession of pornography depicting rape will also be illegal. Here is the full text of the speech
. Coverage by The Independent
, the Telegraph
, and a shortened video of the speech at the Guardian
"Other measures announced by the prime minister included:
* New laws so videos streamed online in the UK will be subject to the same restrictions as those sold in shops.
* Search engines having until October to introduce further measures to block illegal content.
* Experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre being given more powers to examine secretive file-sharing networks.
* A secure database of banned child pornography images gathered by police across the country will be used to trace illegal content and the paedophiles viewing it.
Mr Cameron also called for warning pages to pop up with helpline numbers when people try to search for illegal content." [BBC]
The Guardian has many related stories at their Internet + Censorship
The Daily Mail has cast this as a victory
for their long-running campaign for a default-on internet filter.
Likewise the move is welcomed by UK women's groups including End Violence Against Women