It is somewhat ironic that, in a society where sex appeal is used to sell everything from perfume to cars to shampoo, and where the consumption of porn involves some 40 million Americans hardly a minorityartistic representations of nudes are regularly banned from being shown in public places. This is not a new development: Notwithstanding the fact that, historically, the nude has been one of the central subjects of art, it has been subjected to regular censorship attempts. In Lake Alfred, FL in a replica of David was dressed with a loincloth after community complaints.
Internet censorship in India is done by both central and state governments. DNS filtering and educating service users in suggested usages is an active strategy and government policy to regulate and block access to Internet content on a large scale. Also measures for removing content at the request of content creators through court orders have become more common in recent years.
Once an adult content honeypot, Tumblr has cleaned up its act - to the dismay of many observers. At the dawn of the net in the mids, the mega-network with pleasingly unobtrusive defense department roots and a dazzling interface appeared as a font of content for all. How exhilarating it was to log on to the information superhighway as it was idealistically called at first, a quarter century ago.
I don't much care for pornography, but it might be surprising for fair-minded types to note that most Britons don't see it quite that way. Which ought to make politicians think twice about trying to regulate adult pornography, because if being grown up counts for anything, then it must involve some kind of interest in the serious business of sex. But never mind Ed Vaizey is talking tough on the subjectsuggesting that adult pornography should be blocked by internet providers unless hapless consumers "opt in" to see filth on their screens.
The Open Rights Group is particularly concerned that the BBFC, as the age verification regulator, has been given a general administrative power to block pornographic websites where those sites do not employ an approved age verification mechanism. We doubt that it is in a good position to judge the proportionality of blocking; it is simply not set up to make such assessments. Its expertise is in content classification, rather than free expression and fundamental rights assessments.
B EING frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters in life begin when you get what you want. And within the past 10 years, the courts and the legisla tures of most Western nations have found these arguments persuasive— so persuasive that hardly a man is now alive who clearly remembers what the answers to these arguments were. Today, in the United States and other democracies, censorship has to all intents and purposes ceased to exist.
Edition: Available editions United States. It's time to break the silence. Pornography is having negative impacts on children and young people.
I am Sarah Ditum the feminist. I do not hate Gail Dines, so I was a little taken aback to see this statement on a comment thread. The debate dragged out for over a year, then collapsed unsatisfyingly, and I wrote a grumpy blogpost about it which led lots of people most of them, it has to be said, men to declare me the winner.
The UK plans to make internet service providers automatically block pornographic websites. Tom Chatfield finds the idea alarming and fundamentally flawed. What is the most searched-for term on the web?
Can a government legitimately prohibit citizens from publishing or viewing pornography, or would this be an unjustified violation of basic freedoms? This question lies at the heart of a debate that raises fundamental issues about just when, and on what grounds, the state is justified in using its coercive powers to limit the freedom of individuals. Traditionally, liberals defended the freedom of consenting adults to publish and consume pornography in private from moral and religious conservatives who wanted pornography banned for its obscenity, its corrupting impact on consumers and its corrosive effect on traditional family and religious values. But, in more recent times, the pornography debate has taken on a somewhat new and surprising shape.