Apparently the UK government is going to block access to porn material to try to protect the online lives of children. Now, I'm all for protecting children online (or anywhere for that matter!), BUT I don't really think this is the way forwards and I'm not sure i completely trust their primary motivation anyway.
If children are to be protected online my view is the responsibility has to come from the parents and good IT applied within the home. parental blocks have to get more user friendly so mum and dad can control what the kid looks at.
putting that to one side my most obvious concern is that as a smart phone user I have HAD to personally disable the content restriction on my service (twice!) with my operator, not because I wanted to look at online porn, but because it was simply blocking lots of normal forums and sites that I wanted to use and quite a few apps too. I had to ring up and get a lecture about how its my responsibility if someone under age gets access to my phone and access porn. If this universal block uses the same technology as mobile operators do, then it will be blocking access to non phonographic and very relevant internet content. Who knows, maybe this post would be blocked because it has the word porn in it?
What do I think their real motivation is? I think they want to block access to content online so they can control access, so they can make more money out of it themselves.