Web Filtering

Cameron's Web Filter Panic

Monday, 22 July, 2013 - 13:30

David Cameron is announcing every household in the UK is to have 'offensive material' blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it. Customers who set up new broadband accounts or switch providers would have to actively disable filters by the end of this year. Existing Internet users will be contacted by their internet providers and told they must decide whether to activate filters to prevent them accessing certain sites.

The Pirate Party remains opposed to imposing web filters.

Loz Kaye Pirate Party UK Leader said:

Open Letter to PM - Cameron's Internet Crusade

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 - 15:00

Loz Kaye, the leader of Pirate Party UK, has written to David Cameron on behalf of the party asking him to reconsider requiring UK ISPs to enable filters on by default on UK internet connections. In the open letter, issued on Tuesday the 23rd July, the party points out that this move is a reversal of previous policy that was articulated as a result of a public consultation.

V3: Cameron's Web Filtering Plans

David Cameron's plans must not rely on web filtering.

The Pirate Party, which campaigns for web freedom, was unsatisfied with Cameron's ideas. Party leader Loz Kaye said that the policies were confused: "With search engine blocks and web filters, there is no foolproof 100 percent block solution. It will always be too much or not enough. This is utterly technologically illiterate. It can not possibly work in the way that Cameron wants."

Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 (All day)

Public Service Europe: Web Filtering

Problems with the internet including child protection are not being dealt with – government, ISPs, search engines and parents are passing the buck between each other rather than taking action.


In the United Kingdom, both the coalition government and the opposition have called for the increased use of web filtering to deal with a whole range of problems that they see as emanating from the internet. A summit was held at 10 Downing Street to discuss issues of child protection and the web. The meeting, chaired by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, was attended by all of Britain's major internet service providers as well as the worlds larger tech companies including Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 - 23:00

Open Letter to David Cameron: Internet Filtering

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The Rt Hon David Cameron, MP, Prime Minister

10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA  

Tuesday the 23rd July 2013

Dear Mr Cameron,

As a movement that includes many technically literate individuals, parents and young people, we are writing to you to express our concerns about your recent announcements about internet filtering.  It is the wrong way to tackle the impact that you believe the internet is having on, as you put it, "the innocence of our children".

It is striking that your approach makes dealing with a social problem into a primarily technical exercise to be solved by Internet Service Providers. Many experts have already made clear that the issues you have raised are not just complex, but impossible to deal with effectively with technology alone.  

Opinion: Why Is the UK the Most Censored Nation in Europe?

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Like most British people, I was unaware how heavily censored we are in the UK; at least, until I starting developing web sites in the mid-90s for the online porn industry. After working for a number of clients in that field, I launched my own site in 2004. At that time, TV and video each came under strict censorship regimes, but no regulatory body had responsibility for Internet. However, it was clear that powerful censorship regimes had been put in place for cinema, TV and video, and it seemed inevitable that the powers-that-be would regard the Internet as a threat to their control, sooner or later.


 

Andy Halsall : The internet 'blame game' - watching the watchers

Problems with the internet including child protection are not being dealt with – government, ISPs, search engines and parents are passing the buck between each other rather than taking action

In the United Kingdom, both the coalition government and the opposition have called for the increased use of web filtering to deal with a whole range of problems that they see as emanating from the internet. A summit was held at 10 Downing Street to discuss issues of child protection and the web. The meeting, chaired by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, was attended by all of Britain's major internet service providers as well as the worlds larger tech companies including Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook.

It is probably unsurprising that after the 90-minute summit, not very much changed in the ISP's or search engine's approaches to dealing with images of child exploitation online. That is not to say that the government did not immediately hail it as a great success. Yet the only concrete result appears to have been to secure additional funding for the Internet Watch Foundation, a commendable achievement. However, given that the government has already cut funding for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, and the local authorities that deal with child protection issues and victims, that is scant consolation.

Of course what we should do to ensure that we are effective in detecting, investigating and dealing with abuse is to ensure that organisations like CEOP, the police and local authorities are properly funded. Yet the public discussion, even some of the stated reasons for the summit have been muddled. Far from dealing with issues of exploitation, Miller wrote in The Daily Mail on Saturday that she wanted the likes of Google to "protect my children from the depravity of internet porn".

BPI Threatens Legal Action Against Pirate Party Executive

Friday, 14 December, 2012 - 17:45

The Pirate Party UK can confirm that 6 members of the party have received letters from a solicitors firm acting on behalf of the BPI threatening legal action. Leader Loz Kaye has been singled out, along with the 4 other members of the National Executive and the party's head of IT.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Promo Bay Fiasco - Block Lifted

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 - 21:15

Loz Kaye commented on reports that ISPs have been told that they no longer have to block The Promo Bay (a promotion tool for artists). This was following pressure put on music industry body the BPI.:

"The lifting of the Promo Bay block vindicates everything the Pirate Party has said on site blocking all along."

Promo Bay: Time for clarity

Monday, 3 December, 2012 - 16:00

Loz Kaye made the following statement regarding Promo Bay:

"The conflicting reports around access to Promo Bay in the UK show how vital it is to have transparency about court decisions and how they are carried out. It also shows how volatile public opinion is about the issue of web censorship. Politicians and companies need to start to understand that."

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