Monday, December 20, 2010

UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: Idiot of the Day

Yet another attempt by governments to control the Net, using the tired but still effective "... it's very protect children."

This Ed Vaizey is also behind other Net destroying ideas Culture minister Ed Vaizey has backed a "two-speed" internet, letting service providers charge content makers and customers for "fast lane" access.

The man's a menace.

Government plans to block pornography "at source" are unlikely to prove effective, say ISPs.

The proposal to cut off access to pornographic material was floated by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey in an interview with the Sunday Times.

The government is talking to ISPs to set up a meeting at which the proposal will be discussed.

But, say experts, technical challenges mean any large scale filtering system is doomed to failure.

A spokesman for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, confirmed Mr Vaizey's plan to talk to ISPs about setting up an age verification scheme to govern access to pornographic sites.

"This is a very serious matter," said Mr Vaizey. "I think it's very important that it's the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children."

Beware if your government starts saying things like that. It's not children, but you they are trying to control.

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