Internet Censorship and Age Verification
Later this year, the UK government will enact a law that requires online providers of pornography to vet the age of their users. Properly. Not just tick a box, but full ID checks. As I see it, this poses some very real problems.
The UK legislation that comes into effect in July will mean that if you want to view content online deemed to be pornographic, you must either:
Upload your passport / driver’s license / identification to an online service provider
Or, buy a pass from a licensed newsagent
British Passport (image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)
Why is this a bad thing?
Censorship & Transparency
This is the government ultimately deciding what content should and should not be allowed to be viewed. Unlike content which is objectively bad and easy to categorise (such as videos of beheadings and other right-wing extremism, which currently run rampant on easily accessible sites), pornography is incredibly subjective and hard to define. If implemented badly, you could end up with classical artworks of nudes, critical news on the subject and information sources