Is it just me being daft here but what's the point in the frothy-mouthed "the internet is evil" stuff we're seeing this week in the news? Were there never paedophiles, sex addicts or people with badly deluded opinions of women before the internet? I'm even fairly confident in saying that the incidences of those really nasty things are less now than in the 70s due to societal changes. The internet is a convenient scapegoat for those who just want to "do something!" about some genuinely nasty situations rather than really put their minds into root causes and better solutions. I'm completely convinced that the nasty sexual criminals would still be nasty sexual criminals even if the internet never existed, spending time on the internet looking at even the most extreme porn isn't going to rewire an already damaged mind, it's a symptom and a big red flag that calls for intervention but not the root cause.
So... the government's plan is to put a block on porn on the internet. That's not going to work. If I really wanted to I could get to any banned content on the internet in seconds, as could any teenager, never mind having to be technically astute when it comes to interweb things. If my ISP, say, blocked access to a file sharing website, it would take me a few clicks of the mouse to get around that block. Even if the government went beyond the excesses of the Chinese government and implemented a "white list" of safe sites that you could access and nothing else then you'd get around it with IP addresses. Restrict it to UK addresses only? Piggy-backed proxies on the global commercial backbones. The internet genie is out the bottle, it can't be put back in, surely it's far better to address the root cause of a problem rather than a symptom?
All this will do is defer yet again proper analysis of root causes along with better detection procedures. Put the "ban" in place and the government gets a free ride on it for a year or two after having "done something".