Published: 10 July 2015 So first let’s talk about things that depending on the audience you might not want to be delivered to them. In the “real” world we have large organisations to censor material and categorise it based on its content. We are all pretty familiar with “rated M for Mature” or the 18 age rating certificate on games and movies.

It’s an important and vital role. It ensures that younger audiences are protected from potentially harmful content. But it also allows older people to make informed decisions about what they watch or read.

The internet has no censorship, it doesn’t honour the laws of the country you are in. If the information is available on the internet you can access it no matter where you are or what the country you’re in has to say about it.

Take for example bomb making instructions, you might think that most of it is published on the internet by terrorist organisations. Well you would be forgiven for thinking so, but actually the majority of it is produced and released under the freedom of information act in the USA. Most of which is illegal in the UK under the new possession of terrorist materials laws. Just in case you wanted to have a look for yourself!

In a similar vein the “Black Book of Computer Viruses” is available on the net, produced in the USA and banned in several countries due to its ‘harmful’ content. I’m not bashing America here, I’m just saying that it’s legal to have the above there.

In 1959 Penguin Books was brought to trial under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 for the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence. Can you imagine them being taken to court for that now? The UK and elsewhere have changed greatly in terms of what is considered obscene.

It wasn’t so long ago that the UK was trying to prevent hard core pornographic material from entering the country.

“Fourteen per cent of searches and 4% of websites devoted to sex really are very significant numbers, when you stop to ponder it.” – Dr Ogas

The old line is “sex sells” but it’s become more prevalent today via the internet than it has ever been. If you watch episodes of older TV series (like “The Bill”) people getting VHS (remember those?) tapes from seedy back room providers. Today that content, illegal or not, can simply be downloaded across the border from its source.

This lack of proper censorship and governing bodies make the internet and absolute nightmare for policing and prevention. As you can see pretty much anything some consider “morally bad” can be obtained with little to no effort.

Users cannot make informed choices or even avoid it if they want to. Typing in cucumber in your favourite search engine and bringing back hard core porn is never going to be a good situation for web users. Seriously don’t type in cucumber into Google image search it’s not worth the risk!

Richard Brisley

Lead Server-Side Developer


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