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Index concerned by Cameron’s filter proposals

By Index on Censorship / 22 July, 2013

Index on Censorship is concerned that David Cameron’s internet filtering proposals may cause unwarranted censorship.

Index CEO Kirsty Hughes said today:

“Encouraging internet service providers to automatically turn filters on for legal content will legitimise the censorship of legal material and will also lead to overblocking of sites, such as sexual health and education sites — as research has shown. Such filters can also lead to a false sense of security – active involvement of parents in choosing filter levels for their children is the best approach and need not be implemented in ways that result in censorship for the adult population.

“Tackling child abuse including associated images, both of which are illegal is crucial. Cameron’s proposals are though unclear – creating an ever expanding blacklist of illegal search terms risks censorship of perfectly legal and innocuous searches.”

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One Response to Index concerned by Cameron’s filter proposals

  1. Mark Reply

    23 July at 10:53

    Please take a look at this petition on 38 Degrees. It’s intended more as a letter/email to your local MP which will probably do more good than signatures, but signing at 38 Degrees only takes a few seconds:
    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/internetcensorship

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