December 20th, 2012
The Government's plans for porn filters won't protect children – but they are a step towards state censorship
"Dont' use the internet as a babysitter
"Are there children in the house?" That's the first creepy question your new computer will ask under David Cameron's latest proposals to protect young people from porn. After rejecting the idea of an opt-in system requiring grown-ups to ask their internet service provider for access to adult material last week, the Prime Minister has cobbled together a new policy. His new wheeze is that parents should be prompted to set up filters when they purchase a new computer. If they simply click through the options without making changes, the strongest filters will be automatically activated. ISPs will be asked to verify that the users setting up the filter is over 18. Here we go again."