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British embrace internet content filters

For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 24 Nov 2013.

Amid growing alarm that one in three children have accessed online pornography by the time they are ten years old, Britain’s biggest internet service providers, responsible for connections in about 95 per cent of homes, have agreed to sign up to a “family-friendly” content filter.

Customers setting up a new broadband account will have the filters automatically selected unless they opt to disable them.  Similar filters are expected to be fitted to all new mobile phones.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail, Prime Minister David Cameron said web firms had a “moral duty” to act but had not been “doing enough to take responsibility” for the spread of internet pornography.

While Australian politicians hesitate to enforce internet filters, and local internet service providers claim they’re too hard to implement, their British counterparts are showing that it can be done well, and customers are free to decide whether to opt out of the adult content filter.

I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.

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