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Jimmy Wales brands UK porn filter ridiculous

Pete Zaborszky

Pete Zaborszky

August 16, 2013

uk xxx censored 2Wikipedia founder and high profile UK government technology advisor Jimmy Wales attacked David Cameron’s proposed porn filter, telling Channel 4 News last Friday that ‘it’s an absolutely ridiculous idea that won’t work’.

‘Additionally when we use cases of a pedophile who’s been addicted to child porn videos online, you realize all that Cameron’s rules would require him to do is opt in and say, “Yes, I would like porn please”’ said Wales.

The UK government has reached an agreement with the county’s largest ISP’s (Virgin, BT, Sky and Talk Talk), which cover around 90% of UK internet users, to introduce filters by the end of 2014 that will force every internet subscriber to actively choose ‘yes’ if they wish access to pornography (and likely other content as well). Or else have it blocked by default.jimmy wales

Wales accepted that problems with pedophilia did exist and needed to be tackled, but argued that existing legislation was adequate, and that providing the police with greater resources to tackle such crimes was a better solution.

Wales also used the interview as an opportunity to announce that Wikipedia is soon to start using encryption on the site in order to protect users’ against outside snooping.

Mr. Wales has in the past been an ardent critic of the NSA and GHCQ spying programs, saying that ‘billions had been wasted shopping on ordinary people’s data in a fruitless search for terrorists.’

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