SOMETIMES GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCE THINGS that are beyond a joke, fortunately we can normally find someone to turn them into one.
Our hero this week is the Open Rights Group (ORG), which has parodied the government's attempt to grab hold of a local masturbation problem and stuff it into a dark hole of age verifiable blurred lines. No Robin Thicke puns intended.
In the UK, a group of people including Theresa May think that controlling what pornography is and who sees it is a solvable issue. It probably isn't, and probably shouldn't be anyway.
ORG sees it as the inescapable sex dungeon that it is, and as often is the case in dark times, has used humour to highlight the problems with it. The gags cover what we know so far, which includes the fact that the BBFC, which is more used to watching DVDs over and over again is now charged with watching all of the porn on the internet in order to come to an objective decision about how pornographic it is, and whether it is right for us as a nation.
This is a hard task, at least it sounds like one. This is why the ORG is fake recruiting for "fast-fingered job applicants to help the government". It is a great wheeze and the accompanying videos (below) might give the BBFC people some light relief.
The campaign has started just as the House of Commons began committee stage discussions on the dystopian Digital Economy stuff. This is not a coincidence.
"The Government's proposals could leave millions of UK citizens vulnerable to Ashley Madison style hacks," said ORG executive director Jim Killock.
"To make their plans work, they would need to classify and block thousands and thousands of legal websites. This is the online equivalent of painting the Forth Road Bridge and while these proposals might create jobs for the BBFC, they are unlikely to stop tech savvy teens from viewing pornography."
There are a lot of issues with this kind of approach to web blocking, and they include the fact that anyone other than a mooncalf knows what a VPN is, and that internet masturbaters may be left exposed to data breaches just because they chose to register for one online bongo site. µ
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