• Vernon Stradling

    The technical community’s criticism of Cameron’s plan misses the point. Of course the technically literate can sidestep the controls but this is irrelevant. They are being put in place to prevent people (especially children) accidentally stumbling across this material. They are not intended to prevent the deliberate access of this material by adults.
    On the wider point of cyber crime, I completely agree. It’s hardly surprising that the crime figures are down. Why go out on a dark and stormy night, shinning up drainpipes to commit burglary, when you can stay at home in the warm with a can of lager, go online to order to a pizza and commit a crime, with no fear of being caught?

    • Tristan Kitchin

      I have to disagree, the technical community have made a valid point. You do not need to be technically literate to bypass a government block; it is actually very simple, and anyone can do it by through the use of a proxy. If you Google ‘proxy’ you’ll find plenty of websites through which you can get past any controls placed on your Internet connection, and therefore access unsuitable content. Children can, and I assure you they already do, use such services in order to sidestep Internet blocks.

      If anything, the government’s plans are lulling parents into a false sense of security. The government should be teaching parents abut the importance of online security and being aware of what their children look at when they surf the internet, instead of implementing an outright block and hoping the problem subsides.