Icelandic MP claims porn shield is unworkable

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17 Feb 2013, 5:49 am

In my experience such systems will often block unintended sites, which therefore requires a mechanism to unblock them. At a national level I can't see this being cheap.

I also agree that any level of internet censorship is worrying, it would also create a political mine field regarding who decided what was unacceptable.



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17 Feb 2013, 7:34 am

ICY wrote:
In my experience such systems will often block unintended sites, which therefore requires a mechanism to unblock them. At a national level I can't see this being cheap.


To add to that, Iceland is a small country of about just under 322,000 people that is just getting out of a really bad economic period.

I should probably make it clear now for anyone else that is reading that porn is completely illegal to publish in Iceland. I imagine that porn is easy to access in Iceland; it's just not legal.

The Icelanders aren't stupid people - everyone who wants to get around this filter will doubtless find it pitifully easy to do just that. So it will be a very expensive scheme that will simply be circumvented anyway.



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17 Feb 2013, 2:04 pm

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I hope they are successful. They may not be able to stamp it out entirely, but governments can impose fines on ISPs and restrict search engine results. Porn is obscene garbage, it makes no artistic or political statement whatsoever and countries can limit access to it with no infringement on personal liberty.


No infringement on personal liberty? So the government can just take away anthing that "makes no artistic or political statement" and it would not be an infringement on personal liberty? That would be the end of television and the interwebs.



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17 Feb 2013, 3:01 pm

Tequila wrote:
ICY wrote:
In my experience such systems will often block unintended sites, which therefore requires a mechanism to unblock them. At a national level I can't see this being cheap.


The Icelanders aren't stupid people - everyone who wants to get around this filter will doubtless find it pitifully easy to do just that. So it will be a very expensive scheme that will simply be circumvented anyway.


Yeah, I agree....it's probably a useless ban....they won't be able to implement it.



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17 Feb 2013, 3:35 pm

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Yeah, I agree....it's probably a useless ban....they won't be able to implement it.


The Icelanders would be better off coming into at least the mid-to-late 20th century and legalising it.