Prime Minister, David Cameron is cracking down on how Internet pornography is accessed and treated. Cameron states every registered Internet user will be formally contacted by their providers with a specific “unavoidable choice” about whether to use filters when browsing online.
Consumers can prepare for this process by the end of 2014 when Cameron is expected to roll-out the changes. In addition to consumers being reviewed, Cameron is taking a firm stance against Internet providers, advising if they fail to blacklist certain key words from their results, they could come under severe fines and potential lawsuits.
Internet providers have suggested they already take steps to filter out violent or graphic images containing children and other unsavory chilling images that are entered into search results. Cameron declared it isn’t enough. Cracking down on the obscene pornographic images is a “moral duty” Internet providers must expand on, states Cameron.
The Prime Minister slashes away any excuses from Internet giants when they point to potential technical obstacles in their path and the inability to capture every image portrayed and shared on the Internet, “You are the people who have worked out how to map almost every inch of the earth from space, who have algorithms that make sense of vast quantities of information,” Cameron insisted.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) will be the source of review when it comes to images. The Prime Minister is working with national law enforcement agencies to gather images and transfer them to CEOP. Their expanded levels of power will allow them to examine hidden file-sharing networks and police databases to review images and those predators who are reviewing them.
Jim Gamble, former CEO of CEOP is not hopeful for the deterrent, he states:
“There are 50,000 predators we are told by Ceop downloading images from peer-to-peer, yet from Ceop intelligence only 192 were arrested last year. That’s simply not good enough. We have got to get the balance right. The balance is attack the root cause, invest with with new money into child protection teams, victim support and policing on the ground. Let’s create a real deterrent, not a pop-up that pedophiles will laugh at.”
On the other side of the fence, Holly Dustin, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition wholly supported the Prime Minister and his decision, “We are delighted that David Cameron has responded to the call by experts and women’s groups to ban pornographic images of rape that promote and eroticise violence against women. The next step is working with experts to ensure careful drafting of the law and proper resourcing to ensure the law is enforced fully.”
The move, as promoted by Cameron is to cease the exploitation of violent sex crimes and sex crimes against children. The Prime Minister was passionate in explaining that “extreme pornography” will be completely banned by government. It is already illegal to publish the material in many parts of the world, but England and Wales did not have the legislation.
The Guardian UK reported that Twitter has introduced a new tagging system, this will identify users publishing or sharing information considered extreme or graphic.
Cameron is taking a tough stance to prohibit the access of Internet pornography of child and against children. The move is an admirable one, but reflecting back to Gamble’s statement, it seems it is not enough to combat the root of the problem. The groups who share the material will remain closed, encrypted and set aside from flagged notices. One can only hope the exposure of these groups will come as well.