U.K. Internet Porn Filters

Man who helped draw up U.K.’s porn filters is being investigated for child pornography

By on March 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Man who helped draw up U.K.’s porn filters is being investigated for child pornography

To say that the U.K.’s Internet porn filter policy has been a predictably hilarious disaster would be understating things. The filters have blocked U.K. web users’ access to legitimate health websites and have even censored websites of anti-pornography politicians simply because those websites frequently mentioned the evils of porn. And now The Guardian reports that the U.K.’s porn filters have been hit with yet another ironic public relations setback: One of the men who helped draw up the porn filter plan is being investigated for allegedly possessing child pornography. More →

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Internet Porn Worst Offenders Verizon Google Facebook

An honor like no other: Verizon, PS4, Google named top porn ‘facilitators’ by religious group

By on February 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM.

An honor like no other: Verizon, PS4, Google named top porn ‘facilitators’ by religious group

Congratulations to Verizon, Sony, Facebook, Google and Yahoo: Your products have been named as the ones most responsible for corroding young American minds. Faith-based anti-porn advocacy group Morality in Media on Thursday announced its titillatingly titled “Dirty Dozen List” that names and shames all of the worst “pornography facilitators” in the United States.

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UK Porn Filter Controversy

Anti-porn politician’s website blocked by porn filters she advocated

By on December 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM.

Anti-porn politician’s website blocked by porn filters she advocated

As was predicted by just about everyone, the United Kingdom’s initiative to get U.K. ISPs to add default pornography filters has been a complete and utter disaster so far. Not only have the filters been blocking access to pornographic content but they’ve also been blocking access to health information websites and charity websites among other unintended targets. More →

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Online Porn Filters

U.K. online porn filters have unwanted side effects

By on December 19, 2013 at 6:01 AM.

U.K. online porn filters have unwanted side effects

The four main Internet service providers in the U.K. including BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk have turned on their porn filters either in full or in pilot programs, some starting in May 2011, with others only recently deploying the “family-friendly” site blocking service. However, these filters apparently fail to block all online pornography, and actually end up blocking various useful services that customers may want to access including sex education, sex health, abuse and porn addiction websites. The porn filter, endorsed publicly by U.K.’s Prime Minister David Cameron in a campaign meant to stop children from “stumbling across hardcore legal pornography,” failed to block 7% of 68 porn sites tested by BBC News, while Sky’s filter blocked 99% of the tested websites. More →

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UK Porn Censorship Plan Criticism

The U.K.’s porn censorship plan has all the makings of a disaster

By on August 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

The U.K.’s porn censorship plan has all the makings of a disaster

The United Kingdom’s government has been taking heat for asking British ISPs to implement pornography filters as default settings for their users, who will have to specifically opt out of the filter to get full access to the Internet. Quartz’s Leo Mirani passes along two stories showing why any attempts at instituting mass pornography filters will be abject failures that will anger users and that won’t even stop the distribution of illegal content such as child pornography. More →

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UK Government Porn Filter Criticism

U.K. government takes heat for porn filtering plan

By on July 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM.

U.K. government takes heat for porn filtering plan

The United Kingdom has a prudish reputation by nature but nobody could have expected the country’s government would ask ISPs to implement pornography filters as default settings for their users, who will have to opt out of the filter to get full access to the Internet. This plan has understandably sparked controversy and now BBC News reports that TalkTalk, the company that developed the filter, is controlled by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which has been accused of spying on customers on behalf of the Chinese military. More →

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Verizon Porn Lawsuit

Porn kingpins sue Verizon for not coughing up personal info on alleged pirates

By on November 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM.

Porn kingpins sue Verizon for not coughing up personal info on alleged pirates

There’s just no satisfying some pornographic film companies. TorrentFreak reports that three porn producers are suing Verizon (VZ) for allegedly coddling alleged porn pirates by refusing to disclose identifying information on some of its customers. In refusing to hand over such information, Verizon is defying court-ordered subpoenas granted to the copyright holders, but the carrier says that handing over such information would violate its customers’ privacy protections and its constitutional rights. More →

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Porn Piracy Fine

Court hits alleged Virginia porn pirate with enormous $1.5 million fine

By on November 3, 2012 at 12:09 AM.

Court hits alleged Virginia porn pirate with enormous $1.5 million fine

Pirating massive amounts of gay porn via BitTorrent may not be as rewarding as it seems. According to BBC News, a federal court in Illinois has slapped Virginia resident Kywan Fisher with a $1.5 million fine for allegedly pirating 10 pornographic films onto a BitTorrent site and then illegally distributing them to thousands of other viewers. The court awarded Flava Works, the film company that filed suit against Fisher, an award of $150,000 per film largely because it gave evidence that allegedly “demonstrated that Mr Fisher was the person who put copies of its films on a BitTorrent site.” BBC News says that the $1.5 million award is “believed to the biggest awarded in a file-sharing case.”

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Mobile porn revenue to reach almost $1 billion by 2015

By on May 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM.

Mobile porn revenue to reach almost $1 billion by 2015

Mobile porn revenue to balloon

Juniper Research’s latest report estimates that mobile adult content subscriptions will reach nearly $1 billion by 2015, led by increased growth in the smartphone and tablet markets, along with the availability of increasingly faster mobile data connections. The firm states that tablets offer a “more engaging experience,” allowing users to see content in more detail and delivering more browsing options. The porn industry still faces many hurdles in emerging markets, however, due to the limitations of low-end smartphones, lack of viable payment methods and legal and social barriers. North America and Western Europe are expected to account for over 70% of the total end-user mobile adult revenues, and the numbers of individual who use adult video chat services will more than triple by 2015, accounting for more than half of all mobile porn revenue. More →

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Religious websites contain more malware than porn sites

By on May 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

Religious websites contain more malware than porn sites

Religious websites contain more malware than porn

People who browse religious websites are more likely to have their computers infected with a virus than those who visit pornographic websites, according to Symantec’s annual “Internet Security Threat Report.” The firm found that websites with religious or ideological themes had triple the average number of threats than those featuring adult content. “It is interesting to note that websites hosting adult/pornographic content are not in the top five, but ranked tenth,” Symantec said. “We hypothesize that this is because pornographic website owners already make money from the Internet and, as a result, have a vested interest in keeping their sites malware-free; it’s not good for repeat business.” The report was based on information gathered from more than 200 countries through the Symantec Global Intelligence Network. Symantec blocked a total of 5.5 billion attacks last year, an 81% increase from 2010. More →

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U.K. court orders ISP to expose porn downloaders

By on March 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM.

U.K. court orders ISP to expose porn downloaders

Thousands of broadband subscribers in the United Kingdom who illegally downloaded pornography will soon have their identities exposed. The United Kingdom’s High Court has ordered O2, a large U.K.-based Internet service provider, to hand over personal details identifying more than 9,000 subscribers to Golden Eye International and Ben Dover Productions, two companies run by British porn actor and producer Lindsay Honey. The subscribers in question are found to have illegally download copies of copyrighted movies owned by the pornographer, and their identities will be turned over to the court so that Golden Eye International and Ben Dover Productions can seek damages. O2 reportedly fought in court to protect the identities of its subscribers, however the company confirmed that it would cooperate with the court’s ultimate decision. “Clearly we respect the court order and will therefore be co-operating fully,” an O2 spokesperson told AKAScope. More →

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Online porn may soon be banned in Egypt

By on March 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM.

Online porn may soon be banned in Egypt

Censorship and the Internet are topics that have gone hand in hand since the birth of the World Wide Web more than 20 years ago. Proponents of various levels of censorship often target online pornography with their efforts, and a new report suggests censors may soon get their way in Egypt. According to local news agency Egypt Independent, Egypt’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology has taken preliminary steps that could lead to a nationwide ban on internet porn. Minister for Telecoms and IT Mohamed Salem last week announced the formation of a committee that will investigate the possibility of banning online pornography, and it will report back to the Ministry on what might be involved with implementing such a wide-stretching ban. “Parliament will be represented in the committee,” Salem told reporters during a briefing. “The issue is becoming persistent and worrying to families.” More →

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Every 60 seconds: Apple sells 925 iPhones, 2 million people watch online porn, more

By on December 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Every 60 seconds: Apple sells 925 iPhones, 2 million people watch online porn, more

Apple sold 925 iPhone 4S handsets each minute during the device’s debut weekend, and it sells 81 iPads every 60 seconds on average. Research In Motion sells 103 BlackBerry phones, Amazon sells 18 Kindle Fire tablets and Microsoft sells 11 Xbox 360 consoles every minute. More than 700 computers are purchased around the world every 60 seconds, and 232 of them are infected by malware. That malware stat seems surprisingly low, however, when you consider that 2 million people watch online porn every minute. Read on for more. More →

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