Category Archives: Pornography

Impotence in the face of complexity?

As a service to my readers at the end of this blog I reproduce the full text of s.230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996 (CDA). All the bold and italics have been put there by me for emphasis. Count … Continue reading

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When the law fails

Is it possible to discuss the internet as if it was an experiment? Can we look at some or all of it or are we to believe that, for example, when the Communications Decency Act 1996 (CDA) was passed by … Continue reading

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As I would have said….

Yesterday I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “World at One”, the current affairs lunchtime slot. If you download the podcast you’ll find the interview starts at 36 minutes and 55 seconds. Why was there a story in the first place? That … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Speech

As most readers will know, following a General Election and then usually annually until the next General Election the British Parliamentary year begins with the “Queen’s Speech”. Her Majesty sits on the throne in the House of Lords and reads … Continue reading

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What’s really going on with the new law

The number of sites that are going to be affected in any way at all  by the relevant provisions of the Digital Economy Act, 2017, is comparatively small although, of course, they are the biggest sites – the ones that … Continue reading

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Election 2017 – a Digital Manifesto

Age verification for pornography sites was a key measure advocated in the Digital Manifesto published by the UK children’s charities ahead of the 2015 General Election. Earlier this week that proposal was adopted in the Digital Economy Act, 2017. This shows … Continue reading

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Ring the bells!

At  3.15.p.m. today the Digital Economy Bill 2016-2017  completed the penultimate formal stages of the Parliamentary processes. The House of Lords agreed to all of the amendments to its amendments that had been made when the Bill went back to … Continue reading

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