“Hello? Yes, I would like one pornography, please!”
Israeli legislators have decided to circumcise their country’s internet access. In Israel, internet service providers are now required to block pornography by default. This move comes because, clearly, the nation of Israel doesn’t have more pressing concerns than what people are looking at online.
The Independant reports: Under the terms of the bill, anyone wanting to access pornography online would have to tell their internet service provider, either by writing to them, ringing them or getting in touch their website.
The approval of the bill means that it now moves to the legislator, the Knesset, for approval and passage into law.
At the moment, Israeli law forces internet service providers to build in content-blocking systems that can recognise certain problem websites and stop people visiting them. But those are turned off by default and users can ask to have them switched on – and legislators worry that not enough parents know that they exist.
The proposed law would reverse things: the content blockers would be defaulted to “on,” making non-kosher websites impossible to access (because surely there’s no way some horny teenagers will be able to find ways around this.)
Critics of this move say that this is dangerous censorship, and forcing people to ask their internet providers for porn would be a violation of their privacy. Proponents of it, however, say that this is to protect children’s innocence.
Please, won’t someone think of the children?! Sure, they live in one of the most dangerous areas on Earth, are surrounded by people who hate them for religious and cultural reasons, and have missiles fired at their schools daily, but they might accidentally see boobs on their computers! We have to do something!!!