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Lib Dems reject "illiberal" porn blocking plans

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 16 Sep 2013 at 09:55

Members of the Liberal Democrats have voted against government plans to force ISPs to block pornography and other content as a child protection measure.

At the party's conference over the weekend, Baroness Benjamin brought forward a motion backing prime minister David Cameron's plans, which would see all UK broadband users asked if they want their connection filtered.

"This motion is about protecting children from online pornography and inappropriate material - it's not about censorship or stopping adults from accessing legal material," she argued, according to a report in The Independent.

Delegates disagreed, with one saying the policy was "counter to all liberal instincts", according to a report in The Guardian.

Delegate Paul Walter argued against it on technical grounds, saying that children can easily get around the proposed filters.

"The technical landscape is changing all the time," he said, according to a report in The Daily Mail. "Trying to tame it is like trying to nail down jelly... The motion and the amendment offer illusory solutions which give the delusion of success. They lull us into a false of security and detract from the central issue which is the relationship of trust between children and parents."

The motion was denied, which means the parties senior members will need to rewrite it if the Liberal Democrats are to support the plans formally and include the policy in their own election manifesto. While the move shows Liberal Democrat party members don't back the Tory policy, it's not likely to prevent it from being implemented.

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User comments

Hurray for common sense

"..illusory solutions which give the delusion of success. They lull us into a false of security and detract from the central issue.."
Couldn't agree more.
I'd also add that introducing vague and abusable legislation is a slippery slope.
I used to have off-road bikes and because of a change in drink-driving legislation, pushing them across the road suddenly because illegal because of the shift from "driving" to "in charge of". Making something other than drink-driving, which wasn't a problem, illegal by unintended consequence.

By cheysuli on 16 Sep 2013

Hidden agenda

There are multiple other categories set to be blocked by default as revealed by the Open Rights Group including "Esoteric material". A lot of things could be labeled as that! Please sign the petition to speak out against this breach of human rights and freedom of speech.
http://chn.ge/14rBBsB

By FreeInternet on 19 Sep 2013

Infographic

For a great infographic which outlines the above mentioned issue please see here:
http://www.reachinglight.com/infographic-uk-filter
-block-esoteric-content-worldwide-implications/

By FreeInternet on 19 Sep 2013

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