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UPD UK ISP SO Internet Supports the Governments Plan to Block Adult Websites

Posted: 21st Jun, 2011 By: MarkJ
so internet ukSO Internet, a Kidderminster based UK ISP and specialist in content filtering, has perhaps unsurprisingly given its full backing to government calls for internet service providers to make it easier for parents to censor adult and age restricted content (e.g. websites).

SO Internet's Paul Sillars said:

"We will head down a cul-de-sac if we keep getting stuck on the freedom of speech issue. This is not about deciding what is right or wrong for children to see, this is about firstly giving parents the ability to choose and control what is viewed, downloaded, or streamed through and from devices that their family use every day. I am excited that SO Internet can play a part is these discussions and provide a solution that can help towards resolving this increasing problem."

Several major internet service providers including BT , Sky Broadband , Virgin Media and TalkTalk are working with the government to thrash out a new Industry Code of Conduct. In relation to this a Parliamentary Advisory Forum hosted by Claire Perry, the MP for Devizes, met recently to discuss the issue of Online Parental Controls.

Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage, commented:

"It has become clear from the weight of letters, conversations and comments that this is very much a live issue. There is an opportunity for Internet Service Providers to show the Government what they can do to help."

Claire Perry, MP for Devizes, added:

"50% of children browsing the internet do so in private, without parental control. The time has come to do something about this."

Nicholas Lansman, Secretary General for the UK Internet Service Providers Association ( ISPA ), welcomed the Minister’s comments. He acknowledged that more can be done but emphasised "that protecting children’s welfare online was a shared responsibility between; parents who need to be actively responsible for the safety of their children and take an ongoing interest in their use of the internet and ISPs who should provide them with effective parental control software."

The government has since put its weight behind an independent review, which outlined a range of proposals for solving the problem (here). The review stopped short of recommending a mandatory ISP filter for related online content, but it warned that regulation should be imposed if, after 18 months, progress was still "insufficient".

UPDATE 08:30am

Added a comment from the ISPA.
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