Next #ORGcon session: @MylesJackman & @pandorablake in discussion with @wendyg about Age Verification for porn from Digital Economy Act 2016
#ORGcon The age-verification powers of Digital Economy Act 2017 are likely to come into effect in April/May 2018. MindGeek are a near- >
< monopoly of porn "tube" sites; they will effectively be main gateway for UK porn users. DE Act allowed the state censor to block > #ORGcon
< non-compliant websites #ORGcon
@pandorablake makes queer porn, so is in opposition to—but affected by—much of what mainstream does #ORGcon
Because the censor has not yet even been named, porn producers in the UK are gonna have around 2 months to evaluate and choose > #ORGcon
< an AVS service. This means MindGeek is almost certainly gonna be a monopoly providers of AVS. So other producers will be paying > #ORGcon
< a usage tax to their main market competitor, whole also giving them all their traffic data. As if the AVS porn censorship wasn't > #ORGcon
< bad enough. And because MindGeek is heteronormative, it's like judging all of music using jazz without considering death metal #ORGcon
MindGeek are not renowned for their data security—they've had several big data losses. Also discussed: other AVS systems relying > #ORGcon
< Facebook login (and scraping whole timeline in order to *guess* if you're of age!) #ORGcon
Of course all of this is a non-problem. There is no real evidence that children do actually "stumble across" porn. Harms are huge > #ORGcon
< benefits are non-existent. The "data" cited by @NSPCC and their ilk are utter rubbish, widely debunked. And this really is a > #ORGcon
< canary in the coalmine; this is already being discussed in other contexts. DE Act should never have been passed—and has no > #ORGcon
< protections for users whose age is being verified. The regulator had no powers to do anything about our privacy. > #ORGcon
#ORGcon @OpenRightsGroup has drafted an amendment to current Data Protection Bill to require regulator to consider privacy of regulations >
< in the hope we can prevent another event like the a Ashley Madison hack, which led to people committing suicide #ORGcon
GDPR might provide some post-facto "protection", user "consent" is as simple as "Would you like us to customise the videos you see?" #ORGcon
#ORGcon @pandorablake mentions they are considering promoting a hackathon to build a Free Open AVS solution for small siteowners
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