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Iceland Porn Ban (Video) Progressive Government Censoring the Internet?

By Staff
Feb 25, 2013
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Will Iceland ban porn from the Internet?

The government of the country that holds only 322,000 people is always described as progressive and Gawker notes that their Prime Minister is Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir.

She just happens to be the first openly lesbian government head in the world and some seem a bit stunned Iceland's progressive leader would be proposing the ban.

Halla Gunnarsdóttir, adviser to the interior minister Ögmundur Jónasson tried to explain the rationale:

"We are a progressive, liberal society when it comes to nudity, to sexual relations, so our approach is not anti-sex but anti-violence. This is about children and gender equality, not about limiting free speech," she said. "Research shows that the average age of children who see online porn is 11 in Iceland and we are concerned about that and about the increasingly violent nature of what they are exposed to. This is concern coming to us from professionals since mainstream porn has become very brutal.

"A strong consensus has been building, with people agreeing that something has to be done. The internet is a part of our society, not separate from it, and should be treated as such. No one is talking about closing down exchange of information. We have a thriving democracy here in our small country and what is under discussion is the welfare of our children and their rights to grow and develop in a non-violent environment.

"There are some who say it can't be done technically – but we want to explore all possibilities and take a political decision on what can be done and how."

Could the ban be accomplished by blocking the offending websites from the small country?

A Gawker report has this:

"Logistically, the only reason this idea is remotely feasible is because Iceland is adorably pocket-sized: 322,000 residents share a Kentucky-sized island more than a thousand miles off the coast of Europe. It's both small and removed enough that it could be possible (to a certain extent) to jam traffic to offending websites—essentially stretching a cyber-condom over the country.

Icelandic credit cards could also be blocked from use on porn sites, the article suggests.

The Guardian has lots more here including some staggering numbers on porn users:

40m Regular users of online pornography in the US. Its online porn industry makes $2.84bn a year. The industry is thought to be worth double that worldwide.

25 Percentage of all search engine requests that are pornographic. "Sex" is the most commonly searched word. Sunday is the peak day for watching online porn.

42 Percentage of internet users who view pornography. Up to 20% of websites are pornographic.

11 Average age of initial exposure to online porn.

Should Iceland even entertain the idea of a ban?

Watch a video below for more information on the proposed ban.

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