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    Prime Minister wants good clean Wi-Fi for the UK

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      Prime Minister wants good clean Wi-Fi for the UK

      thinkbroadband :: Prime Minister wants good clean Wi-Fi for the UK
      The issue of parental controls and Government sanctioned blocking is once more back on the agenda, this time it appears that Wi-Fi hotspots are the focus, as there is the perception that children are accessing illicit material on their smartphones, tablets and laptops in the thousands of locations around the UK that offer free Wi-Fi.

      If the press coverage of comments made by the Prime Minister are correct, we can expect to see some form of regulation requiring Wi-Fi providers to implement a system blocking pornography, though frequently when blocking pornography the filter systems used also block other adult (18+) material.
      "We are promoting good, clean, WiFi in local cafes and elsewhere to make sure that people have confidence in public WiFi systems so that they are not going to see things they shouldn’t."

      Prime Minister, David Cameron
      We are not sure what the precise plans are but the Daily Mail is saying they will be announced today (24th April) and The Telegraph simply says the Prime Minister is to announce plans.

      The Wi-Fi hotspot industry has been implementing voluntary blocks for a while now so it is unclear what big difference regulation would make. The blocking plan is also seen as a way to re-invigorate local high streets, but if the viewing of porn is so much of a problem in coffee shops and other locations it may lead to teenagers finding new places to hang out, and lets not forget the reason they might be accessing porn over Wi-Fi is that the parents already have blocks in place at home and via the mobile providers data network.

      "BSkyB supports the Government’s efforts to safeguard children from inappropriate content on public WiFi networks. The Cloud already automatically filters adult content in public places. This is something we are proud to have led the way on. We believe that parents want peace of mind that their children cannot inadvertently access adult material when out of home. That’s why we were the first WiFi provider to apply content filters as default across our entire network."

      Vince Russell, Managing Director of public WiFi provider
      If the Wi-Fi networks do manage to implement blocking successfully and with out doing things like blocking large chunks of the Internet by accident, then the argument that over blocking will result from filtering that is used with respect to fixed line broadband will be weakened.

      At the end of the day common sense should tell adults that viewing pornography is not something that should be done in a public place and part of parenting and schooling should be to instill this level of common sense on the younger generation. The biggest problem is that society has very wide range of what it considered pornography and with the internet are specific pages on large websites blocked, or specific content, e.g. is all of YouTube blocked because there are trailers for 18 rated films on it?


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      Re: Prime Minister wants good clean Wi-Fi for the UK

      I can understand why, but carn't imagine anyone no matter how horny to use porn In a coffee shop or something like that. But yeah I see why they need to install this be quite embarrassing for parents with children if they seen this on someone's pc

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      Re: Prime Minister wants good clean Wi-Fi for the UK

      Sadly this is one of the issues, it isn't whether or not the person whom is using the iPad or Laptop is allowed to view such material, it is the other people in the Café or train station who need to be considered.

      IMHO it is absolutely fine for a person to view adult material in the comfort of their own home, purchase a copy of Mayfair and read it in a suitable environment, but it is unacceptable to have such material available in an area where the will likely be children.

      There were some questions about the cost of implementing this. Many people forget that the IWF already have a suitable scheme in place to prevent access to many sites on our home broadband connections already. It would not be too difficult to add a new scheme to lock the WiFi hotspots down too. The difficulty is keeping the system up to date and not blocking clean sites.

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      Re: Prime Minister wants good clean Wi-Fi for the UK

      I think Scunthorpe weren't best pleased either.
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      Re: Prime Minister wants good clean Wi-Fi for the UK

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Sadly this is one of the issues, it isn't whether or not the person whom is using the iPad or Laptop is allowed to view such material, it is the other people in the Café or train station who need to be considered.
      I don't know really, how many of us, as adults or children, have ever been effected (or aware, for that matter) by someone watching x-rated material in a public place?

      I can understand the need to protect children, but I really donät think this particular measure is relevant to that cause. It's like a distraction. An expensive distraction. One that has the risk of disrupting clean traffic and also - and I know this line of argument can be overused - infriges upon personal liberties. Not something to be given up lightly.
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