I saw this flyer in the Starbucks closest to my apartment in downtown Toronto (ie, NOT the UK). There are two lists here, and the flyer-maker can’t decide if the Oxford comma is good or not… I’m not going to hold that against them. This time. The naivite to assume that the UK’s “suggestions” to ISPs will be treated as a precedent by other governments is laughable, but I’ll give it a pass as well.
What I won’t forgive is the complete ignorance to what the UK’s filter “suggestion” appears to be. It’s not censorship. The news articles I’m seeing are from July, so if something’s changed, let me know.
“The Independent notes the filters implemented by the four main private internet providers will be “default-on,” meaning users must explicitly choose to turn them off. Users can decide to keep certain filters while turning others off.”
This seems to be a move, as much by the large ISPs (95% of Britons use them) to provide a default-on filter to their customers. Fill out a form, or call tech support to get it turned off. Is it offensive? Maybe… Is it a threat to speech? Hardly. Tell your ISP you disagree with them providing a filtering service, and then go sign up for one of the other ISPs. Done and done.
ETA: On further reading, I do see some problems, such as this could cut off kids from seeking non-parental help and information, such as this Independent piece that touches on LGBT kids in the headline (then doesn’t really bring it up further in the text). If their parents don’t turn off the filter, they may not have easy access to information…
I found a number of stories that say that the filters could harm gay youth, though some of quotes are unintentionally hilarious; “he said he knows of one gay man who, as a youngster, found gay porn ‘something of a comfort.'” What teen boy wouldn’t say that about that about their porn?
For the most part, though, this filter plan is laughable. I’ve seen China’s filter in action, and as well done as it is, technically, it’s a joke… the UK won’t do any better.
DO YOU VALUE YOUR FREEDOM TO PRACTICE ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITY?
Yes? The you should be aware that your fundamental right to view, publish or share information on spirituality on the internet may soon be taken away from you.
Recently the UK Prime Minister has pressure major internet service providers to automatically block people from accessing websites that use “esoteric material”, providing vague details about the restrictions.
That means that any website that mentions words like spiritual healing, reiki, yoga, meditation, and pagan for instance would be CENSORED.
The UK Government intends to legally force ALL internet service providers to use these filters(in?) 2014. This will surely set a precedent for other Western nations to adopt the same censorship controls on the internet. There is already talk of MPs pushing to adopt this policy in Canada.
What can be done to stop this?
Help protect our freedom by taking action. Sign this petition to stop the UK internet censorship before it reaches us in Canada.
The tear-offs link to this Change.org petition that’s also promoted by David Icke.