Skip to comments.Internet sites could be given 'cinema-style age ratings', Culture Secretary says
Posted on 12/26/2008 4:30:12 PM PST by melt
Internet sites could be given cinema-style age ratings as part of a Government crackdown on offensive and harmful online activity to be launched in the New Year, the Culture Secretary says.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Andy Burnham says he believes that new standards of decency need to be applied to the web. He is planning to negotiate with Barack Obamas incoming American administration to draw up new international rules for English language websites.
The Cabinet minister describes the internet as quite a dangerous place and says he wants internet-service providers (ISPs) to offer parents child-safe web services.
Giving film-style ratings to individual websites is one of the options being considered, he confirms. When asked directly whether age ratings could be introduced, Mr Burnham replies: Yes, that would be an option. This is an area that is really now coming into full focus.
ISPs, such as BT, Tiscali, AOL or Sky could also be forced to offer internet services where the only websites accessible are those deemed suitable for children.
Mr Burnham also uses the interview to indicate that he will allocate money raised from the BBCs commercial activities to fund other public-service broadcasting such as Channel Four. He effectively rules out sharing the BBC licence fee between broadcasters as others have recommended.
His plans to rein in the internet, and censor some websites, are likely to trigger a major row with online advocates who ferociously guard the freedom of the world wide web.
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It's for the sake of the children & mankind...
Change you can believe in. BTT.
> ISPs, such as BT, Tiscali, AOL or Sky could also be forced to offer internet services where the only websites accessible are those deemed suitable for children.
Like bailing out a rowboat with a pitchfork.
Orwell just turned - again.
Quote from some years ago
Government departments are tombstones. The department of industry marks the grave of industry. The department of employment marks the grave of employment. The department of the environment marks the grave of the environment. And the department of education marks where the corpse of British education is buried. - TV series Yes, Prime MinisterThe UK now has a department of culture.
For “change”-— there should be new international rules for English language politicians. Maybe even a cinema-style rating system...
When people screamed for change, I wonder if this is what they had in mind?
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Excellent! There are maybe 1000 movies a year and a billion websites a month. Somebody is going to be very busy.
The sad part is that I see some freepers who think this would be a good idea...
Members of the same species, seeking each other out for mating.
Amazing how quickly freedom dies.
Just wait until you have to get rated before your server is allowed to connect to anything.
Attacking the internet might just wake up a lot of lefty-thinking young people and infuse them with a hunger for liberty. This is where a lot of people live now and they’re not used to or accepting of restrictions.
I really wonder if anything could cure them from their apathy.
I won’t hold my breath.
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WTH is a “culture secretary” and why do we have one?