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UK Government Preps New Code for Blocking Adult Content on Public WiFi

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 (11:00 am) - Score 1,070
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The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has confirmed that the government is preparing to detail a new Code of Conduct that will require operators of public wireless internet (wifi) hotspots to block adult content (e.g. pornography).

Many cafes, train stations, airports and other locations now offer free or paid wifi access to their visitors and a few already impose skin-deep restrictions to limit access to adult content (though for some reason the Daily Mail still isn’t blocked). But the new code could see such policies being extended to all public wifi hotspots.

David Cameron, Prime Minister, said (Telegraph):

We are promoting good, clean, WiFi in local cafes and elsewhere to make sure that people have confidence in public WiFi systems so that they are not going to see things they shouldn’t.”

However at present it’s unclear when the new wifi code, which is being loosely linked with the government’s still on-going and often controversial efforts to force fixed line broadband ISPs into blocking adult websites (here), will actually be published.

So far no timeframe has been set for its implementation and many other details remain unknown, such as how it would be enforced and whether the responsibility would rest with the network operator or the shops/cafes that distribute their service.

Meanwhile Cameron remains adamant that fostering a new culture of “clean wifi” could help to revitalise local high street shops, although we’d submit that they’ll need a lot more than censored wifi to achieve that goal. We perhaps live in an odd society where the sight of natural male or female anatomy is now apparently supposed to be more shocking than the violence often depicted in pre-bedtime TV shows and soaps.

As usual anybody with even a small amount of knowledge, which is something that Children usually manage to possess, should have no trouble getting around such restrictions.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark

    Good spot on the quote about “reinvigorating the high street” – yes, remove the porn data running silently and invisibly through the airwaves and all the closed-down shops will reopen as if by magic.

    It’s about as likely to reinvigorate the high street as quantatative easing printing money.

    You’d hope that most adults would, on arrival at the Daily Mail home page, realise they’ve stumbled across a bunch of crazed loons writing a mix of worthless tat and propaganda, and click away immediately.

  2. Surely misuse is covered by Section 5 of Public Order Act, if not, then if nobody is being offended what is it he is trying to fix?

  3. Avatar Bob2002

    Meanwhile the government still allows unencrypted porn to be broadcast on national terrestrial TV from 10PM onwards…

  4. Avatar Timeless

    strikes me they love spending money, but they hate spending it on things we need like housing, job creation and helping those in serious need.

    they would much rather waste money on things like national databases logging our every move or blocking access to porn which should be a parents job and who would want to browse porn in a public cafe?

  5. Avatar Keyser Söze

    Phew another ill of Society fixed three cheers for Cameron, now use that other hand to get the wallet out and start spending!

  6. So, who decides what is considered “adult content”? Is The Sun newspaper adult? The Sport newspaper? Or anyone who publishes topless pictures of Kate Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha aka Duchess Kate Windsor of Cambridge? Or are we just gearing up for a blanket ban on all websites not affiliated with government propaganda?

    • If it’s anything like the ISP policy the government wants then ISPs and security companies will ultimately choose what is and is not “adult content”. In some circumstances that would mean the BBC and ISPreview.co.uk could be considered “adult”, which soon gets ridiculous.. you might as well consider the whole outdoor world adult while you’re at it.

  7. Avatar foureyes

    another waste of money like the thatcher funeral thanks to the shit of the tory government

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