The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has a problem with porn. Oh, it is not that he can’t get it. I am sure that in his lonely hours in Number 10 he can slip down into the office, lock the doors, and find as much as he wants – as can most of us thanks to the wonderful resource of Google. No, the PM’s problem is that the rest of the country can get it as easily as he can, down there in the office past midnight.

Otherwise adult persons of the kingdom can, to his great alarm, surf to Google, enter search words of a more salacious nature, and then find wanking materials to his or her heart’s content. This, according to the good PM, is destroying the country, depriving children of their moral fabric, and turning the nation into a land of perverted degenerates.

With that in mind, the good PM has decreed that porn must be fought, and the nation should be barred from viewing the material – or at least face a telephone call with the local ISP that will include the phrase “could you turn off the porn filter on my account, please?” I am sure that the good men and women of the country will make such a request in droves, because it is not so that watching porn is something private and intimate, is it?

Barring the silly escalation needed, from barring search queries about “how do I turn off the porn filters” to “how to I turn off the filters for questions about how to turn off the porn filters” etc, the lessons from Sweden when they attempted to block child pornography from the internet could be illustrative. Everyone could possibly agree that blocking access to child porn is an excellent thing, but then there was the thing that sites that had nothing to do with child pornography ended up blocked.

Without manually maintaining a list of bad sites, something that is quite impossible, one would have to rely on automated systems that can not tell a site with actual porn on it from a site with content that a segment of the population doesn’t like. Like adding The Pirate Bay to a site blocking child porn, for instance.

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