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Porn Block: UK ISP Says If You Want Internet Censorship, ‘Move To North Korea’

UK porn block has Andrews and Arnold refusing to give in to internet censorship

The recent porn block in the UK has Andrews and Arnold saying that if you want internet censorship, you should “move to North Korea.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently made a decision that by the end of 2014, UK ISPs will automatically have porn filters switched on to protect children. Every household will need to choose by then whether or not they want it removed.

However, UK ISP Andrews and Arnold says they have no plans use the filter at all. They added, “sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP or move to North Korea.”

Internet censorship has been a big deal across the pond in the US for quite a while, so much so that the public petitioned to eliminate censorship programs such as SOPA and PIPA, which would have taken down popular websites if major corporations thought they violated their copyrights. Apparently now the UK is facing the same battle for different reasons.

The porn block is not something Andrews and Arnold is giving in to, as they have stated that their customers should be free to decide on porn filters without their ISPs making the decision for them by default. They say it’s not their role to censor and track what you do with the internet. The UK ISP believes it is your responsibility to comply with the laws and regulations that apply to you.

A porn block, the UK ISP explains further, would give “restricted access to unpublished government mandated filter list… but still cannot guarantee kids don’t access porn.” In fact, they say that the porn block would only create an even bigger problem, as people would create underground means to access what they want anyway.

Internet censorship, even government mandated, really solves nothing. As hackers have no doubt proven, if it can be built, it can be broken. No laws or restrictions will prove otherwise.

What do you think of the UK porn block? Is UK ISP Andrews and Arnold right to not give in to forced censorship?

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3 Responses to “Porn Block: UK ISP Says If You Want Internet Censorship, ‘Move To North Korea’”

  1. Bruce Denney

    Rev Kennard is correct, the filters will make things worse pushing more people into the dark net which will become stronger as a result. I wonder if, in the light of the Snowden revelations, the reason Cameron is pushing so hard for a "porn" filter is because the filter is already in place (it isn't just porn) and he is seeking to legitimise it before we find out about it.

  2. Carl Ford

    It's well known that the UK forces ISP's to block some websites which have links to torrents like the pirate bay and several other torrent sites. He is just trying to get more categories added so the filter will become harder to fight in the long run.