British PM ups pressure on Internet firms over child porn

Jul 22, 2013
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks in London on July 17, 2013. Cameron will on Monday demand Internet search engines take action to block queries about child sex abuse, threatening legislation if they fail to comply.

British Prime Minister David Cameron will on Monday demand Internet search engines take action to block queries about child sex abuse, threatening legislation if they fail to comply.

"There are some searches which are so abhorrent and where they can be no doubt whatsoever about the sick and malevolent intent of the searcher that there should be no search results returned at all," Cameron was due to say in a speech in London.

"So I have a very clear message for Google, Bing, Yahoo and the rest. You have a duty to act on this—and it is a ."

According to extracts issued by his office, Cameron will give the companies until October to comply, saying all the "great brains" who work for them should be able to overcome any technical difficulties.

"I can tell you we are already looking at the legislative options we have to force action," he will say.

Cameron has been pressuring Internet companies to tackle online abuse for several months, after two high-profile trials over sex murders in which the killers were both found to have searched for child porn online.

"This is quite simply about obliterating this disgusting material from the net—and we will do whatever it takes," he will say.

Companies like Google say they already remove any abusive images of children as soon as they are reported, and the US Internet giant insists it has a "zero tolerance attitude" to such content.

Jim Killock, head of the Open Rights Group which defends Internet freedoms, said he did not believe the prime minister's proposed 'blacklist' of search terms would have any real impact.

Most child abuse images are circulated in private networks or sold by criminal gangs, he said, and noted that if some search terms are banned, people will simply develop new ones.

In a blog posting, he concluded that the proposed policy "is likely to be of highly marginal impact".

Yvette Cooper, a lawmaker who speaks for the opposition Labour party on home affairs, said the government should invest more money in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

The state-funded body works with police and other child protection agencies and, under Cameron's plans, would draw up the blacklist.

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dirk_bruere
4.3 / 5 (3) Jul 22, 2013
In case anyone does not know, Cameron is a cynical slug appealing to the technologically illiterate people who want to ban everything that offends them.
JijiDuru
5 / 5 (1) Jul 22, 2013
Sounds like a republican to me, imposing his moral code to others.

I understand that the sick mofos doing child porn searches on internet must be blocked and nabbed, but on the other hand, I cannot stop thinking what's the next type of content that's going to be blocked?

VendicarE
5 / 5 (2) Jul 22, 2013
"Cameron is a cynical slug appealing to the technologically illiterate people who want to ban everything that offends them." - Dirk

Correct.

All Conservatives are low lifes.
dtxx
1 / 5 (1) Jul 22, 2013
"So I have a very clear message for Google, Bing, Yahoo and the rest. You have a duty to act on this—and it is a moral duty." ... "I can tell you we are already looking at the legislative options we have to force action," he will say.


So glad Cameron is the moral authority who knows how to save everyone from the Internet, and it's with ad baculum tactics.

I'd love to see a list of the proposed banned search terms. What if someone's a reasearcher tracking child rape rates in Africa?

"This is quite simply about obliterating this disgusting material from the net—and we will do whatever it takes," he will say.


What happens when Cameron decides political sites that oppose his party are disgusting?

Interesting this article doesn't talk about what he's doing about legal porn - adults. You will soon have to call your cable company and tell them not to filter it or it will be cut off. It's opt out not opt in, and it's being done 'for the kids' who might get exposed.
dtxx
1 / 5 (1) Jul 23, 2013
Also any places that have wifi hotspots or public internet access where it is deemed children 'may be present' will be forced to have the nanny internet filters that block all adult content. The thing Cameron calls for from search providers and ISP is to dedicate all of their resources no matter how much is needed to his nanny filter, and he really sounds quite insane in the quote. Green Dam Youth Escort anyone?
Milou
1 / 5 (1) Jul 23, 2013
Looks like Cameron did himself out of the next election. Goodby "Dumbo".

The English love their war criminal (Blair), their goofy (Cameron) and their imperialistic ideology (royalty).