Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tonight at Birmingham City Uni: The Consequences of Exposing Savile

Back in July I wrote an article for Medium which looked at the nonsensical, slippery slope that British Prime Minister David Cameron outlined in a speech about the potential, nation wide blocking of all internet pornography. His proposed ban would see internet users having to actively contact their ISP in order to be removed from the blocking system -- all in the name of curing society of paedophilia.

The article in question: From Pornography to Oppression

There was some sense to David Cameron's argument in that paedophilic imagery is too easily available on the internet and makes communication between paedophiles easier than ever before. It hardly surprised me then that yesterday's news (BBC News) described Google and Microsoft's plans to actively block the use of paedophilia-related search terms within the Google and Bing search engines.

I've yet to have a good sit down to think about this major move by the two internet giants, but my initial reaction is a positive one. Paedophilia is a heinous crime, and measures should be taken to decrease its internet-mediated occurrence. Fortunately, these new measures won't affect me and other non-paedophiles, and thus there's little I can say against it.

Those who enjoyed the article I wrote for Medium may be interested to know that tonight I'll be attending a talk at Birmingham City University titled "The consequences of exposing Savile". It features Mark Williams-Thomas, an investigative journalist known for his exposé of the late Jimmy Savile and the many allegations of child abuse made against him, being interviewed by Donal MacIntyre as they both examine the ethical dilemmas of those who kept Savile's crimes a secret for decades.

I'm really looking forward to the talk and am planning to write a little something on it when I return -- probably later this week on my blog. So stay tuned to see what I learned and what I thought!


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