July 30, 2013

Banning the XXX

Does the British government have the right to filter online porn?

(Flickr Creative Commons/wisegie)

Is the war on online porn in the UK a slippery slope into censorship? Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed a set of online filters that people will have to opt out of, which are meant to protect children from pornographic websites. Proponents claim this is a necessary measure that will attack child porn, depictions of rape and violence against women. Critics, however, see this as a form of censorship and believe the filters may also prevent children from accessing sexual health information. So, is it the place of the government to set these restrictions or is this an impediment on internet freedom? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

On today's episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Peter Nowak @peternowak
Author, Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology As We Know It
Fiona Elvines @RapeCrisisSth
Operations coordinator, Rape Crisis South London
Zoe Stavri @stavvers
Feminist blogger
Leigh Porter
Internet architect

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.