March 03, 2014

Petition to stop the "Family Filters"

That last post from me seems to have set more than a few pulses racing, so if you want to do something about the "Family Filter" censorship you may want to sign up for the petition that is on the Government's own e-Petition web site. Here's what the petition supports:

Do not censor the Internet 
Responsible department: Department for Culture, Media and Sport 
We believe there are two important problems with the government's plans to filter the Internet:
- Censorship by default:
The main role of these filters is to block web pages that are judged as being inappropriate even though their content may be perfectly legal. The filters would be activated by default which means that by default the UK's Internet would be censored.
Those who would like to use filters for their Internet already have many possibilities today, free and/or non free. We do not need government legislation to decide what is appropriate.
- Population profiling:
Subscribers who wish to not use the government's filtering system will need to contact their ISPs. This implies a record of citizens who may be potential "extreme pornography" consumers. We oppose a government database that would hold the names of those who wish to have the possibility of viewing legal content that may be categorised as "inappropriate".
You can sign up for the petition here.


Leod said...

That is just daft...surely protection for children should take priority. If you don't want it switch it off.

Dogsbody said...

I'd suggest supporting the Open Rights Group over an epetition with 46 signatures :-/

They already have a petition with over 16010 signatures at

(@Leod This link may also answer your questions)

This block has already stopped people from accessing rape support information and I dread to think what other essential information.

Tom Chiverton said...

People in Manchester might want to come along to

Richard Ambler said...

I don't see the problem. Log on to my virgin media and turn the filter off.

Tom Chiverton said...

If you don't see a problem, maybe it's because you don't have children ? Or maybe you are an abusive husband seeking to block access to rape crises centres ? Censorship is never good.