Iceland is a strange country (they have no McDonald’s!) that is no stranger to political scandals. One of Iceland’s MPs was entangled in the Wikileaks scandal, after all. Now, the country is combining their love of strangeness with their love of political scandals with a move unprecedented move. Iceland may become the first western democracy to enact internet censorship. In this case, Iceland wants to ban pornography.
“There is a strong consensus building in Iceland. We have so many experts from educationalists to the police and those who work with children behind this, that this has become much broader than party politics,” said Halla Gunnarsdottir, spokesperson for Iceland’s interior minister Ogmundur Jonasson. “At the moment, we are looking at the best technical ways to achieve this. But surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet.”
Iceland is enacting the ban not to censor the internet, as in China, but to protect women (the porn performers) and children (the children of Iceland). However, like China, they plan on blocking the internet as it comes into the country, rather than enacting individual laws or blocking agents against porn.
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