Child porn clampdown won’t stop rot

17th April, 2010

The European Commission has proposed a directive requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to ban access to websites displaying child pornography. Unfortunately, this is the wrong action to take.

It won’t prevent access to the websites in question, and it will start a legislative ball rolling where industry lobby groups will begin to agitate for bans on access to all manner of websites.

The commission’s rationale is that many illegal websites are hosted outside...

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