British Prime Minister David Cameron is waging a war on Internet pornography. According to a new plan, most UK households will have pornography automatically blocked.
Cameron says the plan is about preventing pornography from “corroding childhood.” The new rules will affect every UK Internet user , not just those people signing up for new accounts.
“I’m not making this speech because I want to (moralize) or scare-monger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come,” Cameron insisted.
“This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence.”
It’s a monumental plan that’s bound to anger Internet Service Providers (ISPs), adult site operators and Internet censorship opponents. For his part, Cameron says he fully expects a “row” with ISPs, but insists the plan is part of his “moral duty” to the people of Britain.
The plan is primarily designed to eliminate access to violent pornography featuring women and children. However, many critics of the plan point out that most pornographic websites already ban that kind of material.
In any case, UK residents with existing Internet service can soon expect to hear from their ISP asking if they want “family-friendly” filters turned on or not. If no choice is made, the filter is automatically turned on. For new customers, the filter is applied automatically unless they contact the ISP with a request to turn it off.