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US Puritans put compulsary smut filters on smartphones

puritansSouth Carolina Puritans have created a law which would mean that people buying new computers and devices will be blocked from accessing online smut.

A bill, pre-filed earlier this month by state lawmaker Bill Chumley, called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, would require computer makers and sellers to install filters that would prevent users from accessing porn and other sexual material.

 

Officials have said that parts of the state have struggled with human trafficking due to the proximity to Atlanta and Charlotte, two cities that rank highly in annual listings. There have been over 300 cases of human trafficking since 2007 — with 58 reported this year, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has reported.

Chumley thinks that if all the PCs and phones had porn filters installed then it would would be another way to fight human trafficking.

You can see the logic. Anyone who looks at porn must be involved in the trafficking of sex slaves. So since most people on the web look at porn at sometime, they are all sex traffickers. Who would have thunk it.

Computer or device buyers can pay to have the block removed. Thus making this law less about enforcing anything.

Proceeds from the bill would go to South Carolina attorney general’s human trafficking task force, the paper said. So in other words this is more of a porn tax to fund an unrelated legal action.

It is unlikely though to see the light of day.  Unlike the UK which is trying something similar “to protect children” the US is bound by a constitution which insists on free speech. A federal judge struck down a Pennsylvania law in 2004 as unconstitutional after forcing internet providers to block access to websites hosting illegal pornography.

 

New York’s smut addiction clogs net service

escape-from-new-york-02A Google initiative to install super-fast wifi hubs and tablets in New York City, is failing because the citizens of the Big Apple are using the kiosks to download porn and listen to rap music.

LinkNYC said it is suspending web browsing on all its tablets after eight months due to “inappropriate behaviour”. Some users have been monopolising the Link tablets and using them inappropriately, preventing others from being able to use them while frustrating the residents and businesses around them,” the company writes in a statement.

If they are not watching porn they are listening to “loud, explicit” music.

LinkNYC is working with city officials to come up with potential solutions, like time limits, so that it can allow users to browse the web once more. Until it sorts out a cunning plan people can only use the tablets to make calls and look at maps.

LinkNYC said:

“The kiosks were never intended for anyone’s extended, personal use and we want to ensure that Links are accessible and a welcome addition to New York City neighborhoods.  Starting today, we are removing web browsing on all Link tablets while we work with the City and community to explore potential solutions, like time limits. Other tablet features—free phone calls, maps, device charging, and access to 311 and 911—will continue to work as they did before, and nothing is changing about LinkNYC’s superfast Wi-Fi. As planned, we will continue to improve the Link experience and add new features for people to enjoy while they’re on the go.”

India wants to switch off 80 percent of net traffic

15-days-yoga-meditation-and-trekking-retreat-in-the-indian-himalayasIndia thinks it needs to shut down more than 80 percent of the internet on the grounds that it breaks moral codes.

The country’s government has ordered internet service providers to disable access to 857 pornographic websites in the name of “morality”.

A telecommunication department spokesman said the ban has been issued under the country’s information technology act, following comments made by India’s Supreme Court last month.

“The court said that free and open access to these websites should be controlled,” the spokesman said.

The department issued a 17 page document listing websites that it said include content that “violates morality and decency”.

The ban is India’s largest crackdown on internet content so far. In July, India’s top court examined a petition which claimed online pornography fuelled sex crimes. It refused to issue a blanket ban, saying it was not for the court to issue such restrictions.

However the court felt it was a problem for the government to tackle.

The restriction is only temporary, until the government finds a more permanent way of dealing with the problem. He said the websites can still be accessed through proxy or private networks so the whole thing is a farce.

Ram Gopal Varma, Bollywood film director and one of many Indian celebrities to criticise the ban, tweeted: “To ban porn saying it will be seen by who shouldn’t see it is like saying to stop traffic because there will be accidents.”

Europe tells Cameron his porn filter is illegal

David-Cameron-at-the-EU-s-007An attempt by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to control what Brits see on the internet is facing a common sense challenge from the EU.

Cameron wants everyone to be forced into using “porn filters” installed at an ISP level. Of course he says porn, but it can also be anything else that David does not think British people should be watching or reading about.

A leaked document from Brussels dated May 17 proposes to make it illegal to try to ‘manage’ web traffic, including by automatically applying parental controls.

Instead, officials want internet service providers to have to ask parents or account holders to opt-in to pornography filters.

Those who believe that children need to protected at all costs, and if possible wrapped bubble wrap until their insecure parents die of old age, claim that the move would endanger children by putting another barrier in the way of parents wanting to keep internet usage at home free from hardcore material.

For some reason they have forgotten that if kids want to watch porn then an ISP porn filter is not going to stop them.

The rule change is sneaked into a net neutrality document banning mobile phone companies or internet service providers from restricting or managing any legal content on the internet.

Of course the Daily Mail is furious and is thundering that it is terrible that these nasty smelly Europeans are stopping us have an autocratic censored internet.

It is just as well that our glorious government is going to make sure that British never see porn and is free to protect their children by leaving them with caring staff at the local pub when ever they like.

China cracks down on t'internet

British Prime Minster David Cameron has found support for his internet crackdown from the People’s Republic of China.

Cameron has been attempting to get some support for his “filter the internet to save society as we know it” campaign and it seems that he has received backing from the Chinese.

According to IT World, China is moving to tighten its grip over social networking services even more, claiming the government is being destabilised. China has a large amount of online censorship and there had been hopes that the new leadership in the country might lessen it.

However the government instead just thinks that it is not efficient enough. A report said that there are too many different overseeing departments, resulting in inconsistencies and a lack of efficiency.

The government referred to the growing popularity of Chinese social networking and instant messaging tools as a major worry because the services can spread information and mobilize society quickly.

Named and shamed by the Chinese was Weixin, a mobile chatting app developed by local Internet giant Tencent. The app has taken China by storm, and boasts over 200 million monthly average users. Outside of the country, the app is better known as WeChat.

Like Cameron, China’s plans include changing regulatory systems, and increase the scope of their legal authority.

While David Cameron talks about filters preventing witches from talking about their religion online, the Chinese authorities have been cracking down on internet users for fabricating rumours. 

UK losing internet crime battle

While UK Prime Minister David “tough on masturbation, tough on the causes of masturbation” Cameron is trying to rustle up support for his internet porn filter, it appears that cyber crime levels are going through the roof.

Cameron wants people’s attention to focus on purging the internet from anything he does not like, while at the same time ignoring a very real cyber threat.

The Home Affairs Committee, which scrutinises the government’s domestic policy, called for the government to set up a “state-of-the-art espionage response team” to encourage companies, banks and institutions to report hacking attempts to uncover the full extent of online crime.

According to Reuters, the Committee said it was concerned that there appears to be a ‘black hole’ where low-level e-crime is committed with impunity.

Cyber crime policing needed to be merged into a new unified structure as part of a shakeup of the country’s policing structure, but the report added this was just the first stage to tackle a very real problem.

Cameron’s answer is to tighten up online pornography laws and demanded that internet firms block access to child abuse images. Of course that is not going to stop cyber crime but will help some tabloids gloat about their campaign victories.

The Committee said the government is still too complacent about cybercrime, ranging from identity fraud and data theft to the spreading of illegal images and extremist material.

Opposition MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the bipartisan committee, said that it’s clear the UK isn’t winning the war on online criminal activity.

He said that you can steal more on the internet than you can by robbing a bank and online criminals in 25 countries have chosen the UK as their number one target.

Part of the problem is Cameron’s other obsession with isolating itself from EU-wide justice measures designed to tackle the problem. However, EU members were also slammed for not doing enough to stop attacks too. 

David Cameron's porn law an all-around disaster

David “tough on masturbation, tough on the causes of masturbation” Cameron has admitted that his crack-pot crusade to purge the net from porn is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

According to the Daily Telegraph , Cameron is getting much mockery over his plan to save children from the perils of porn, but he will press ahead with it anyway.

He already had to climb down after it was pointed out that the Sun should be filtered for running page three.  Cameron needs Sun readers.

The problem is that if page three is not banned then the internet filter is going to be completely arbitrary and pointless and won’t prevent children from seeing naked women at all.

If it was possible for Cameron to look even more ignorant and disconnected with this law he certainly managed it.

His cunning plan was based around the idea that ISPs had agreed to introduce family-friendly filters that automatically block pornography unless customers chose to opt out. Unfortunately it was fairly clear that the ISPs had done no such thing, and some were still lobbying the government to tell it to sling its hook.

Cameron’s plans were criticised by anti-censorship groups, who warned that sites about sexual health and sexuality could get caught up in the ban. Other critics warned that censorship sets a dangerous precedent, is more about control, and that the government could go further than pornography.

While Cameron was thinking “what about the children” he failed to realise that the technology to ban internet porn was impossible. Anyone who wants to watch porn will simply use a proxy site in another country and the whole thing will be a waste of time.

Take, for example, blocking the Pirate Bay. Although ISPs must legally oblige, a simple Google search will get anyone who wants it to a proxy in seconds.

Cameron admitted that there might be a few “problems down the line” with the system particularly as he has already ruled out “soft” or written pornography from the scheme entirely.

This makes any internet filter, short of the great firewall of China, technologically unviable. Even in China it is still possible for people to see porn.

To make matters worse the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP), Jim Gamble, said Cameron’s plan to tackle child abuse images by removing results from search engines like Google would be “laughed at” by paedophiles.

Paedophiles get their porn from peer-to-peer, not from Google, and arrests are too few.

Gamble said that if Cameron really wanted to protect kids from paedophiles he should be investing money in child protection teams, victim support and policing on the ground.

Under Cameron’s plans all households will have to “opt out” of automatic porn filters, which would come as standard with internet broadband and cover all devices in a house.

Possession of the “most extreme forms of porn” will become an offence, while online content will have the same restrictions as DVDs sold in sex shops.

Search engines have been told they will have to redact results from specific searches, while anyone accessing websites shut down by the police for containing such images will see a message warning them that what they are doing is illegal.

But it is fairly clear that Cameron really did not have a clue which legal sites should be banned by the filters and was blaming the technology for having weaknesses.

Talking to the Beeb, Cameron claimed that the filters could evolve over time. He thinks that companies are going to design what is automatically blocked.

What’s more alarming is that Cameron wanted to create marital strife by embarrassing “a husband” who wanted to see porn. Never mind that a “husband” also might not like the idea of Cameron censoring his internet connection.

Cameron’s moves are even hitting at his own conservative core. While there are the usual Daily Heil readers who want everything to be banned other than pictures of royal babies, many conservatives see censorship as a nanny state intervention.

As Daniel Foster, founder of web hosting company 34SP, pointed out, claiming porn is ‘corroding childhood’ is particularly extreme. Since Cameron criticised Labour for operating a nanny state, this reeks of hypocrisy, he said.

Cameron was even attacked by one of his former female MPs, Louise Mensch, for attempting to ban video containing rape simulation.

She suggested such fantasies were common in more than half of all women and it was not up to the government to police that.

Cameron will have his work cut out explaining why he is making such an incredibly unpopular move for absolutely no political advantage at all. Similar moves in Australia were abandoned because they were seen as too politically stupid – and they didn’t work anyway.

British government rewards bad parents

The British Government will be deciding what its citizens can see on the internet by the end of 2013 because some adults decided to breed and cannot take responsibly for what they spawned.

Under David Cameron’s Britain, filters will be installed on every ISPs server which will forbid access to content deemed unfit for children.

If you want to see this material, you will have to ring up your ISP and tell them that you specifically want to see boobs, and explore sexuality on the internet and you do not see why the government should stop you.

Internet service providers will be expected to provide filtering technology to new and existing customers with an emphasis on opting out, rather than opting in.

This censorship is because David Cameron is listening to his barking “special advisor” on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood”. That is Claire Perry MP, by the way.

Even if you think that porn somehow corrupts children, the logic that a parent has no responsibility to prevent their precious snowflake’s exposure to it is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The fact that some dippy parent cannot install porn filters on their own computer, means that the entire British web has to put up with the government deciding what sites are accessed.

This might be ok, if the government did not have such an appalling record when it came to deciding which sites were suitable. There is also nothing to stop the Government adding sites that it does not want good citizens to see to the list. Political sites and other “radical ideas” could be supressed by the government in the long term.

It is also a comparatively small step to remove the opt-in clause at a later date. After all who is going to take to the streets to defend their right to porn?

What is scary is that the government has managed to bring in its filtering plans without any debate, thanks to the fact it has managed to get the ISPs to sign up to the deal voluntarily.

For those who have been following the Edward Snowden leaks, this is exactly the same method used by the US spooks to get free email monitoring without a court order.

Companies like TalkTalk have forced new consumers to make a choice about parental filters since March 2012. It recently began doing the same with existing customers and 20,000 enabled filtering in the first week.

Speaking at an event, TalkTalk’s Head of Public Affairs Alexandra Birtles said that a third of their customers have filtering enabled.

But Perry claimed that parents were “complacent” about the risks of online pornography, pointing out that only four in 10 parents use some kind of Internet filtering at home.

Of course is it is a foreign view to her that some parents do not care what their child watches and are not spending their time wrapping their off-spring in bubble wrap to protect them from the outside world.

However, even if this particular attitude was psychologically desirable, it is sending out a bad message to parents. It does not matter if you are a rubbish parent, the state will take your responsibility away from you.

If parents are that incompetent, then they should not be allowed to breed as it is not in the best interests of any child. However Perry can’t do the unthinkable and take countless children into care. Instead she punishes those who make the sensible decision not to have kids, or are good parents.

Of course all this is technologically pointless. Any teen can work their way around such a filter and in many ways it gives parents a false sense of security. Perry, and her ilk, are whacking a nail in the coffin of freedom of  speech for no good purpose. 

Porn app banned from Google Glass

For the last 20 years much new technology has come on the back of the porn industry’s support, however, it turns out that Google has rejected that indecent proposal.

According to Technews Daily, Google seems to think that its Glass project, an expensive concept involving Joe 90 glasses, will get worldwide support if you cannot run porn applications on them.

The first porn app for Google Glass was announced but was instantly pulled because the app violated the most recent additions to Google’s developer policies for the futuristic eyewear, which ban sexually explicit material.

The app was released by MiKandi, an adult app store that has a successful Android app for adult content. It would have allowed Google Glass wearers to look at photos and watch videos filmed using Google Glass.

The app let users have one-on-one interactions from a first-person point of view, acting as a sort of visual sexting.

A spokesperson from Google’s Puritan Inquisition Department huffed that its policies make it clear Glass does not allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. They had to sit down afterwards and have a cold bath while the reporter cleaned the spit off their non glass glasses.

Any Glassware that violates this policy will be blocked from appearing on Glass.

This is the same section which promises harsh penalties for any app featuring child pornography because in the puritan mind, the two are forever linked.

The porn uses of Glass were a fairly obvious application. The headset has a tiny screen above the right eye that can display web content.

But what had been lacking for Glass is a killer app that would make people want to buy it. In the normal case for technology evolution, it would be adopted by the porn industry and then others would come up with slightly more salubrious uses.

It seems that Glass could have gone the same way. More than 10,000 people have visited the landing page for the porn app, and a dozen Glass owners have signed up to it, MiKandi CEO Jesse Adams wrote in his blog.

Adams insisted that his company was following the Google Glass developer terms when it started creating the app two weeks ago, but those rules were changed by Google just before the app’s launch.

Adams said the company will comply with the new rules, and plans on rolling out a new app that somehow doesn’t include any of the forbidden content.

Google Glass porn in the works

Android adult app developer MiKandi is putting the finishing touches on the world’s first Google Glass porn app and it could hit the company’s app store this week.

MiKandi told ZDnet that it is looking into new ways to deliver a more potent porn experience to Google Glass, thanks to its unique feature set. 

“Obviously, Glass is perfect for shooting POV video, so we’re experimenting with that first. But what’s really interesting about Glass is that it’s not just a hands free camera. It can receive and send data, so there are a lot of interesting interactions that we want to explore,” said MiKandi cofounder Jennifer McEwen, comparing the experience to a porn version of “Being John Malkovich”. 

Some in the porn industry believe that Google Glass has the potential to change the industry forever, both in terms of production and user, ahem, experience. While it might sound like a publicity stunt, if augmented reality porn takes off, it might take wearable smart devices to the next level. Developers are already working on porn for Oculus Rift, although a truly smart device with a camera, complete sensor array and proper OS such as Google Glass seems like a much more promising platform.

Although many don’t like to admit it, porn tends to have a huge influence on tech trends.

As much as 40 percent of the internet is porn and let’s not forget that pornographers played a crucial role in the video format wars. Back in the eighties they helped kill off Beta in favour of VHS and five years ago they helped bury HD DVD, making Blu Ray the only viable 1080p disc standard out there.