MP's have launched a parliamentary inquiry into online child protection which is to look at how we can better look out for children online and protect them from accessing online pornography. The inquiry follows government plans announced last year that were looking to force ISPs to filter pornographic content unless the user opted out.
"Parents are understandably worried about the ease with which their children can view pornographic content on the Internet and this Inquiry will provide the ideal platform for all interested parties to discuss how best we can protect our children online."Claire Perry (MP for Devizes)
There will be two evidence sessions to be held, one in September, one in October which will seek opinion from parents, child protection experts, Internet experts as well as senior people in the UK's largest ISPs. They hope to find information which will help:
UK ISPs do already block access to child-abuse images which have been classified as such by the IWF watchlist, but some are worried that expanding this to all adult content could hamper this service, and would require ISPs to invest a large amount of money in new systems for filtering. Once filtering is in place, it would only be a small step to use this same system to block other content, whether it be websites to do with peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, or perhaps those to do with political activism.