Internet Filtering

Claire Perry's Internet morality filter

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 14:00

A parliamentary committee chaired by Claire Perry MP today published its report into Online Child Protection, saying that ISPs must be forced to provide "opt-in" porn filters for all customers.

On the face of it, a reasonable proposal - perhaps you can disagree on whether it should be opt-in or opt-out, but giving parents the option to protect their children online is surely a good thing?

In fact, there are several problems with this approach - 3 main ones, and a litany of others.

Newzbin2 Judgement: Day One of state censorship of the Internet in the UK.

Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 13:45

The Pirate Party expresses serious concern at the judgement handed down today in the so-called "Newzbin2" case (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc). Major film studios have successfully been granted an injunction against British Telecom, forcing BT to block internet users from accessing the Newzbin2 file-sharing site. This is the first case where a UK ISP has been ordered to restrict their service in some way to prevent users from accessing a third party, external service.