Real Action For Children Not Censorship

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So a week in to the General Election campaign, and finally the Internet has been noticed by one of the big old parties.

It wasn't a mention of the benefit the web brings to our economy, not to open up access to technology, not to put actual figures on the vague promises in George Osborne's budget on digital infrastructure.

No, it was screaming tabloid headlines and a promise from the Tories to bring in web blocking powers, Internet regulation and what amounts to electronic ID cards.

This was all under pretence of protecting children with measures we have repeatedly pointed out that do nothing of the sort.

Open Letter to PM - Cameron's Internet Crusade

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 - 15:00

Loz Kaye, the leader of Pirate Party UK, has written to David Cameron on behalf of the party asking him to reconsider requiring UK ISPs to enable filters on by default on UK internet connections. In the open letter, issued on Tuesday the 23rd July, the party points out that this move is a reversal of previous policy that was articulated as a result of a public consultation.

Public Service Europe: Web Filtering

Problems with the internet including child protection are not being dealt with – government, ISPs, search engines and parents are passing the buck between each other rather than taking action.

In the United Kingdom, both the coalition government and the opposition have called for the increased use of web filtering to deal with a whole range of problems that they see as emanating from the internet. A summit was held at 10 Downing Street to discuss issues of child protection and the web. The meeting, chaired by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, was attended by all of Britain's major internet service providers as well as the worlds larger tech companies including Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 - 23:00

Blaming 'the Internet' won't solve complex social problems

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 - 14:00

Following considerable press attention on high profile cases both the Conservative and Labour parties have been calling for increased use of web filtering. A "web summit" was held at No 10 to discuss issues of child protection and the Internet. Tuesday's meeting in Downing Street, chaired by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, was attended by Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone, O2, EE and Three.

Andy Halsall, Pirate Party Campaigns Officer said:

Solihull school installs CCTV in children's toilets

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While catching up on local news, I was shocked to read that a school near my home town of Worcester has installed CCTV in the children's toilets.

I wasn't shocked that it happened, because I have read so many stories recently about people in low level positions of authority who assume they have a 'right to spy' that trumps any else's right to privacy. What shocked me was the headline itself. It didn't say "Headmaster arrested for installing CCTV in children's toilets", or "Headmaster resigns after being caught installing CCTV in children's toilets." It didn't even say "Headmaster apologises after installing CCTV in children's toilets." Instead the headline was a plain and unadorned "Chelmsley Wood school puts CCTV in pupil toilets."