DAVID CAMERON V THE PORN INDUSTRY: IS THE PM FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE?

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently unveiled a programme of measures that he hopes will tackle the ease at which predatory pedophiles can access abusive, pornographic images. However, while he has targeted potential criminals, his government’s proposals have attracted criticism and ridicule from civil rights campaigners, representatives of the porn industry and leading figures from the Internet industry. It seems that David Cameron faces an uphill battle to make these proposals a legal reality.

WHAT IS CAMERON PROPOSING?

The main thrust of Cameron’s proposals involves the automatic assumption that all Internet users want access to pornographic material blocked. Consumers would be contacted by their internet service providers (ISPs), and they would be asked if they want access to adult material ‘switched on’. However, this would create some rather awkward conversations between spouses, teenage children and their parents and people sharing the same house. Proposed legislation would also make it illegal to access images involving rape and sexual abuse of any kind.

THE PRACTICALITIES

Experts believe that the very people Cameron is targeting would be left virtually unaffected, while millions of everyday Internet users would have access to perfectly safe websites blocked. Meanwhile, those who wanted to get around the new controls could easily do so with the use of VPN or proxy servers. People searching for essential sexual health information or something as innocuous as wine-tasting could have their searches blocked by filters, and ordinary customers could be forced to have an awkward conversation with their ISP adviser requesting access to adult materials even though they don’t want it!

THE CIVIL LIBERTY ARGUMENT

Of course, the subject of government censorship is always a political hot potato, and members of David Cameron’s own party are expected to vehemently oppose the severity of the proposed restrictions. Civil liberty campaigners will also use laws governing freedom of speech and expression to fight what some say are draconian measures in the courts. However, despite all the external pressures on Cameron, it will be democracy that will win the day. The simple fact is that people like and will continue to seek out pornography. Even the staunchest of Conservative voters will not take too kindly to being forced into awkward conversations with friends, family and ISP customer service representatives. And let’s face it; David Cameron needs votes.

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