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UK plans to get ISPs to block porn

David Cameron's UK Government wants the country's Internet Service Providers to make online porn an opt-in pleasure rather than the free-for-all it is currently.

Cameron is meeting today with a group from Mothers' Union, which fears for the safety of children exposed to online smut. He is expected to woo the mums by approving some of the ideas the Christian charity has about protecting minors for sexual imagery.

These include a clampdown on billboard advertising featuring cleavages of various nature and men in pants showing off their packets.

Britain's biggest ISPs, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are expected to be involved in blocking adult content to all but those who do choose to allow such content in their pipes.

Also included in the proposals is a website, labelled Parentport, which is likely to gather together the complaints and concerns of parents about television programmes, advertisements or other matters, to be run by various watchdogs such as the Advertising Standards Authority, the Press Complaints Commission, the BBC Trust, the British Board of Film Classification, Ofcom, the Video Standards Council and Pan European Game Information.

Mothers' Union chief executive, Reg Bailey is conducting a review - with Cameron's blessing - of the ways in which children are exposed to various images the charity finds unacceptable

Cameron said he agrees with Bailey's central approach. "We should look to put 'the brakes on an unthinking drift towards ever-greater commercialisation and sexualisation'," he said in a letter to Bailey in June.

Commentators have branded the idea of blocking parts of the web unworkable.