ISPs apprehensive about UK government’s proposal to block Internet porn

ISPs apprehensive about UK government’s proposal to block Internet porn

The Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey, recently put forth the UK government's proposal to block access to pornographic content "at source"; but the Internet service providers (ISPs) have voiced their apprehensions about the effectiveness of such a move.

In his interview with the Sunday Times, Vaizey voiced concerns about the availability of pornographic material; and said that he intends calling a meeting with the leading ISPs next month for discussing measures to block Internet porn. The proposed measures include the potential for filters which will require an opt-out affirmation from people who want `xxx' content.

Furthermore, according to a spokesman for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Vaizey also plans to talk to ISPs about setting up an `age verification scheme' for governing access to pornographic sites.

Noting that it is "very important that it's the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children," Vaizey said that the ISPs should "get their acts together so we don't have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years."

However, with most experts opining that, given the technical challenges, any large scale filtering system is doomed to failure, Nicholas Lansman - secretary general of the Ispa industry body - said that, according to his organization, "controls on children's access to the Internet should be managed by parents and carers with the tools ISPs provide, rather than being imposed top-down."

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