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The UK's War on Porn and Why VPNs Ensure It Will Fail

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Published 4 weeks agoTue, 23 Apr 2019 13:46:27 -0700 | Last update 4 weeks agoTue, 23 Apr 2019 17:45:15 -0700

All that and the possible return of Arthur, King of the Britons

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What is the UK porn ban?

Because they have nothing better to do, the UK has passed the measures necessary to institute a wide-spread “porn ban.” Scheduled to go into effect on July 15, 2019, the ban is intended to prevent children (age 17 and under) from accessing websites with pornographic content by introducing a mandatory age verification system to all porn sites, and outright blocking those that do not comply with all terms.

Such censorship is hardly a new thing in the UK, but this is the first time it has been instituted on a large scale, effectively blocking everyone in the UK from accessing porn sites unless they prove their age through “rigorous” means.

How Would a Porn Ban Even Work?  

The porn block will use verification systems, such as AgeID. AgeID was developed by MindGeek, the company that notably owns several of the world’s biggest porn sites, including PornHub, YouPorn, and RedTube. Other similar verification systems include AgeChecked, AgePass, and Yoti.

These systems all require that the user prove their age using their credit card, driving license, passport, or similarly official document. Once your age has been verified, you can browse between multiple sites and apparently the information used to verify your age is not stored.

Reasons Why it is Dumb

You don’t have to be a genius to see that the porn ban is a terrible idea. The War on Porn opens up a ton of privacy issues for those who actually comply with the new rules. Not only that, but the block is but a minor inconvenience to people who are actually determined to get around it, either due to privacy issues or because they’re actually younger than 18.

Privacy Issues

Watching porn is sort of like picking your nose in that most people do it from time to time but it is stigmatized nonetheless--it typically isn’t considered cool to admit you do it, no matter how old you are.

Even if your information is supposedly not saved at all, verifying your identity will explicitly tie you to the evil, indecent act of watching porn. Now your credit card company will know you do it and judge you! Worse still, your porn watching history and preferences could be tied to your account. Decided to watch kinky stuff one time and decide it wasn’t for you? I hope you’re looking forward to seeing some targeted advertising for defenestration gangbangs and autoerotic mastication for the next eight months.

Go Buy a Weird Voucher, I Guess 

If you want a more anonymous option, you can also go buy a weird voucher (called a PortesCard) from certain retailers, which allows you to login to sites without your email address or explicitly sharing personal information with any online databases.

You still have to take it up to the counter to purchase though, so the cashier will still know that you spend all your time watching porn.

General Futility

Generally speaking, banning things like alcohol, weed, or porn just encourages people to get those things in roundabout and illegal ways. While PornHub is relatively safe as long as you aren’t an idiot, there are thousands of way to watch porn online and many of the smaller sites probably won’t be as regulated and are more likely to be full of malware and whatnot.

The new regulations also only apply to sites whose content is over 70% porn, meaning that it doesn’t cover sites like Reddit, Twitter, Imgur, and so on. So UK teens can still browse NSFW subreddits at their heart’s content, I guess.

The fact is, 99% of the teenagers that are meant to be protected by this block are more familiar with the relevant technology than the lawmakers who thought this was a good idea. To them, the block will be little more than an inconvenience when things like VPNs are easily accessible.

The Rise of VPNs

Aside from accessing porn through Reddit, unregulated sites, or stealing someone’s credit card info, people in the UK can also just use VPNs (virtual private networks) to mask their locations and browse pornographic sites as they would normally.

VPNs reroute traffic through various servers in order to disguise the user’s IP address and real location. In this case, a simple VPN can be used to make you appear anywhere other than the UK and BOOM--porn block circumvented.

Apparently VPN searches on Google have already tripled since the announcement of the War on Porn.

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The Return of King Arthur?

Legend tells that King Arthur will return in the time of Britain’s greatest need. Some Arthurian scholars believe that when the porn ban goes into effect on July 15th, we may well finally see his return.

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> be me, 28 year old tax paying productive member of society
> want to wank to porn, go to pornhub.com
> site won't load, weird
> go reset my WiFi router, someone knocks at the door
> it's the police
> "oi m8, av u got a wankin' license yet?"
> I stand there confused
> "if you want to wank u gotta av a license, can I see it please"
> me: "erm, no I don't have one"
> **gets sentenced to 5 years in prison for a hate crime**

I fucking hate my country

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You've always had to be 18 in order to watch porn, except that EVERYONE would be interested to look it up before they were 18 if they were growing up in this day and age, including the old farts in the UK parliament. Tech part aside, even if enforcing this law was actually possible, what did they assume would happen then? Between a third and a half of all UK teenagers have had sex by the time they're 16, but they can't legally even lookup how you do it on the Internet? Imagine you're one of those teenagers who isn't getting laid and now you can't even watch porn. Better wait until you're 18 to see how things actually work, because fuck you. Also, good luck to your partner because they're figuratively (besides literally) fucked.

Also, people of all ages masturbate apparently, and improper masturbation can lead to sexual problems. It's not like the UK government doesn't know there is plenty of fornication going around already. Is it the Lord's will to get people under 18 to stop watching porn somehow, because it's immoral or whatever? If that's the case, then how come you are allowed to have sex before you're 18, but not watch pornography? If we consider the fact you also aren't allowed to get married until you're 18 (unless with your parents approval or whatever), that means that the government thinks it's okay for unmarried, underage people to have sex, but not to watch porn. Last time I checked with my local Jihadi support group, the first one was a bigger sin than the latter - if this a "morals" thing.

All this is going to do is increase the number of weird brits. And if I were a parent and I thought my 17 year old doesn't understand how sex works, I'd be pretty weirded out, too.

As for the tech side, you shouldn't be allowed to make decisions on things you obviously don't understand. Reminds me of BHW moderators approving marketplace threads related to SEO.

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