Iceland has taken up a bold project to ban adult content online over effects on children. But, the parliamentary committee of Iceland responsible for readying the proposal is skeptic that a bill will actually pass. However, that didn’t stop them from searching for alternatives.
The proposal to ban online porn came after a wide study on X-rated materials showed children who were exposed to adult content in early stage of their lives show to victims of sexual abuse. This led the government to believe that the violent nature of adult content fueled an increase in the amount of sexual assaults.
Hence, the Icelandic government is considering a bill to ban online porn. The recommendations include banning all IP addresses used by X-rated sites, banning the purchase of adult content online through credit cards, and to build a team of volunteers to update the database of porn websites.
Halla Gunnarsdóttir, political adviser to Ögmundur Jónasson, explained that the move is not “anti-sex,” but “anti-violence.” The government wants to curb the count of sexual assaults in the country. However, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the parliamentary committee responsible for producing the ‘anti-porn’ bill, is skeptic that such a bill would actually pass. That’s why the committee is also looking towards alternatives such as filtering software for children, and programs to educate children and parents about the dangers of porn.
Thanks to: Slashgear