Looks like since I quit Mumsnet they’ve actually realised they were wrong! The page about their wholehearted support for Ed Vaizey’s campaign (cached version here) has been removed. Looks like the geeks put up enough pressure to force this, which is fantastic, I’d like to say I helped – but I would be wrong. There were many highly intelligent posters on there arguing their case, and phrasing things far more eloquently than me.
It also turns out that some of them went on strike in the Geek forums, and refused to give any help in order that Mumsnet would not be seen as somewhere with technical backing for the proposal.
The Register has an article on this subject.
Maybe this should be the time to go back, but I’ll hold off. Maybe I’ll come back on the day Mumsnet uses it’s power to force Ed Vaizey to bring in better education for parents about web safety, and access to free computer based filtering programs with easy to understand user interfaces. I may be in a for a long wait. Maybe Mumsnet’s priority is the children, but there are a fair few on board with other aims in mind. I don’t think the above solution would achieve what they want somehow..
Just in case the cached version disappears, just in case MNHQ decide they can rewrite history and say they had no real opinion on the means of protection, here is their quote;
Mumsnet and default pornography filters
In December, communications minister Ed Vaizey called on internetservice providers to act to prevent children from being exposed to pornography. He wants them to filter sexually explicit material by default – so that only adults who actively want to see pornography can do so.
We’re backing his call, and we’ll be pressing him to ensure that ISPs comply as soon as possible.
Why network filters?
Parental controls already exist to filter out sexually explicit content, but they require commitment and a level of technical know-how that many parents just don’t have. In fact, research suggests that nearly half of families in the UK have no parental controls on their home computer.
So, as opposed to teaching parents, they thought we should give up on that path, and just pass the buck. Just to be clear.