Category Archives: Pornography

A review of the obscenity laws

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced a review of the guidance it issues to prosecutors concerning obscene materials.  It closes on 17th October. This could be a great opportunity to correct a number of anomalies which have arisen since, and been … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Final version of the letter to the NTIA

The  UK children’s charities sent this in to the NTIA on 17th July, 2018. Dear NTIA, Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments on the future of the US Government’s international internet policy priorities. One in three human internet users is … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Pornography, Self-regulation

The case for age verification for pornography sites

Judging by the number of emails and phone calls I am getting, around the world there is growing interest in what the UK is doing  to reduce the possibility of children being exposed to pornographic web sites. In particular people … Continue reading

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The next step is taken

Today the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) issued its long-awaited consultation document in which it sets out its thoughts and proposals in relation to those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 that require commercial pornography web sites to … Continue reading

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The journey begins – officially

The UK Government has confirmed its long-declared intention to make the BBFC the Regulator for those parts of the DEA 2017 which concern commercial publishers of pornography. They will have to introduce robust age verification if they want to carry … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Stuck in a time warp

Yesterday in the US Senate the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on a proposed amendment to s. 230 of the ironically named Communications Decency Act (CDA) – the shield behind which Backpage indecently hid for years. I will … Continue reading

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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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