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February 2011

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Plans mooted by a government official to ban internet porn sites in the nation’s homes have been criticised as ‘flawed’ by one expert.

     Nathan Wright, founder of the Supervise and Protect web site, said that Culture Minister Ed Vaizey’s plans to introduce laws to stop pornography sites at source were ‘flawed and badly thought-out’.

     Mr Vaizey had told theSunday Times that the Government was looking at ways of introducing UK legislation to prevent the creation and dissemination of porn sites.

     However, Mr Wright, creator of the Cyberminder tool that controls what material young people can access from their home computers, said, ‘A one-size-fits-all concept will not work. The internet is a global, not a national phenomenon. Power should be in the hands of parents immediately – not after several years of discussion among committees.

     ‘While a high-level debate on this serious topic is long overdue, there are likely to be too many technical, moral and potentially legal challenges to this concept’.

     He said that parents and carers needed tools now to prevent children from being exposed to the dangers of internet pornography. Access to the internet should be managed by parents and carers.

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