UK Government Agent That Developed Porn Filter, Arrested for Child Pornography...

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UK Porn Filter Architect Arrested On Child Porn Chargesfrom the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do dept
The UK government has spent years trying to impose its version of morality upon the Internet, demanding that ISPs impose www.techdirt.com/articles/20120507/02272218799/uk-govt-consi, even if those filters have since been www.techdirt.com/articles/20131220/14260625656/uks-new-manda and often bsdly.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-uk-porn-filter-blocks-kids-acc.
Worse, the UK government has seemed intent on throwing itself
face-first down the slippery slope of censorship, with plans to expand
these filters to block https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140211/19014226192/uk-go.
Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly and loudly proclaimed to
anyone who'll listen his sole mission is to "protect the children" from
the beasts that dwell in the "www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-cracks-; In the process he's blamed nearly everyone, including https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130721/19445823878/prime, for not doing enough to thwart child porn.



Apparently, people who live in glass houses should not throw
thermonuclear warheads (I think that's how that saying goes). Reports
have emerged that top Cameron aide Patrick Rock -- who helped draw up proposals for the country's Internet porn filters -- has been www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10675601/Dav.
There seems to be some heated criticism pointed Cameron's direction for
keeping the issue quiet, with several UK news outlets also suggesting
Rock was given a little extra time between his dismissal and his arrest:"Mr
Cameron's official spokesman has confirmed that No 10 was first made
aware of the alleged offence regarding child abuse imagery on the
evening of February 12. The matter was immediately referred to the
National Crime Agency (NCA) and Mr Rock resigned his position as deputy
head of the policy unit. In the early hours of the morning of February
13 he was arrested at his home in London."So if this timeline is correct (and the Guardian seems a little www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/04/patrick-rock-arrest)
the government was made aware of Rock's offense on February 12, Rock
"resigned" on February 12, but he wasn't arrested until February 13
after the government contacted the NCA. Presumed innocent and all that,
but it seems a touch hypocritical and inconsistent to whine like a
screaming banshee for years about how everybody else isn't doing
enough to protect the children, while your own staff member and
architect of your porn filters is storing child porn on his PC. It's of
course notably worse if it's found the government gave Rock a little
extra time before law enforcement came calling (though perhaps the NCA
just moves slower when it's higher ranking officials).



Regardless, I think it's time for UK ISPs to begin developing
sophisticated algorithms capable of filtering out David Cameron's bad
ideas from the public discourse.