Firewall | CensoredUK

The Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered to install a multi-million-pound filter on the internet that will “grossly over block” the web. He has stated there is a big pornography “addiction” in our society and such websites including these and sexual health ones are among those which will be blocked.

TalkTalk have listed Edinburgh women’s rape and sexual abuse centre website as “pornographic” and therefore will need to be blocked in the near future.

The company has also blocked a programme ran by sex education experts, taught to 81,000 American children that has been in development for more than 20 years.

Despite its efforts, TalkTalk have been criticized by Mr Cameron as he said they have failed to block 7% of the 68 pornographic websites tested by Newsnight.

A TalkTalk spokesman stated: “Sadly there is no silver bullet when it comes to internet safety and we have always been clear that no solution can ever be 100%. We continue to develop Home Safe and welcome feedback to help us continually improve the service.
Sky has gained Mr Cameron’s praise as they have blocked 99% of all pornographic sites that Newsnight have tested.

BT has been blocking sites including Sexual health Scotland, Doncaster domestic abuse helpline, and reducing the risk (a site which tackles domestic abuse)

A spokesperson for BT said : “Categorisations are constantly updated to keep pace with changing content on the internet and we will investigate any concerns and make changes as necessary. BT Parental Controls can be customised to suit each individual family’s needs.”

In 2014, the four major internet providers will fund a £25 million advertising campaign to explain the uses of the filters and other aspects of children’s safety online.

People are angry by the new legislation against porn sites. Among the sites blocked as “pornographic” was BishUK.com, an award-winning British sex education site, which receives more than a million visits each year.

Justin Hancock runs BishUK and was not aware his site was being blocked by some filters until he was alerted by Newsnight. He had this to say “It’s really frustrating because I’m trying to provide a sex education site for young people and it’s hard enough directing young people to good quality information on the internet”.

So is this the right thing to do? Should we be blocking such sites that demoralize humanity? Should we ban sites that degrade women and men alike? Should be joining the major internet service providers in this fight? It’s up to us save our future generations.

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