Last week the High Court ruled that Internet Service Providers must block access to the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.
ISPs had previously resisted calls to block the site but following this ruling they have said that they will comply.
This move shows that it is technically possible to block websites at ISP level which means it must also be possible to put in place measures to combat the harmful effect of online porn on children.
However, the block has only come about because of an expensive court case brought by the British Phonographic Industry. Big businesses can afford to enforce their rights through the courts but parents and children do not have this option.
Which powerful corporations are fighting to protect the interests of the victims of the ‘free and open’ internet that enables children to have pornography streamed into their bedrooms?
These are the interests which need real protection. Children’s rights are just as important as those of big business and it is time for industry which makes more that £3 billion a year from selling internet access to take part of the responsibility for protecting children online. If the industry will not do this then the Government must legislate; our children deserve adequate protection.
No further details of the promised consultation into protecting children from harmful online material have emerged this week. As soon as they do, we will let you know.