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Britain trying to ban home access to online porn

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In his bid to become the most hated man in the U.K., Britain's minister of culture, communications, and creative industries is "asking the nation's Internet service providers to block porn from going to home Internet users."

And apparently it's not just him. According to MSNBC,

It's a move backed by the British government. The 3-C minister, Ed Vaizey, told the Sunday Times that according to the proposal, home Internet users would have to ask their ISPs for access to porn, which seems hugely embarrassing, demeaning and a violation of free speech.

Of course, the ISPs aren't exactly thrilled with it either, given the increased workload and decreased profits that such a plan would surely bring about.

The goal is to further protect children from porn. But The Next Web, which is kind of like a British Mashable, made the points that many will surely be making:

  • How do you define porn? Sure, some sites are obviously explicit but what about sites which cover the academic study of pornography? What about message boards like 4chan which cover a wide range of topics including porn? Where is the line?

  • If you do block sites which cover porn among other subjects, where do you stop? It’s potentially letting Internet censorship in through the back door.

  • Adults shouldn’t be stigmatised for viewing porn. Forcing them to contact their ISPs for “permission” does that.

You'd think that in a Big Brother-fearing place like the U.K., people would be going apeshit over the proposed ban — unless going apeshit's already been made illegal. Either way, if this thing happens, there'll probably be one big winner during the run-up to the ban: anyone who sells external hard drives, which will become tiny little bunkers for their owners' favorite porn.