Monday, November 18, 2013
UK internet filters V's determined teenagers: my money's on the kids...
Considering I work in a library, that's probably not much of a surprise to any of you. We're kinda big on the whole open access to information schtick, so when I read about how the UK are going through with the Internet block rigmarole in a wildly unproportional attempt to shelter kids from online pornography [link], my freedom to information loving little heart broke a little.
This is a slippery slope you're starting down, UK.
To be fair, it's not like they're putting a blanket block across the whole country, people can still "opt in" to be able to access the naughty rumpty pumpty sites if they want to.
And that's the thing, isn't it. If they want to see those sites, they have to actually have the balls to put their hand up and say "Yes, I'd like you to let me see the filth you're so bound and determined to stop me from looking at". Really, UK? You're going to shame your population into becoming so sexually frustrated they'll have to resort to old school methods like dirty magazines and bootleg porn movies?
Where does one even find a bootleg porn DVD in this day and age, anyway?
But let's be realistic here, this is not going to solve the problem you're so desperately trying to find a solution to. All it's going to do is get every husband in the country put in the doghouse by their wives, and it's not going to stop a single kid from accessing porn if they really want it bad enough.
Because no matter how good you might think your filters and processes are, they simply aren't a match for a 14 year old with high school level computer skills and a burning determination to see Busty Ladies VII.