Via XBIZ, lawmakers in both the US and UK have separately proposed measures to censor or tax access to mature content online:
Legislative Attempts to Filter Porn in the U.S. Are Mounting
New Mexico will join about two dozen other states that will slate legislative attempts in 2017 to force ISPs and makers of PCs and mobile devices to install porn filters. Read more>>
Despite previous attempts, introducing mandatory filters in the U.S. for objectionable content has never come to fruition, because such proposals would be struck down as violations of both the 1st Amendment and the Commerce Clause, which does not permit individual states to regulate Internet commerce by filtering.
U.K. Digital Economy Bill Moves Forward to House of Lords
Members of the House of Commons today approved the third reading of the U.K. Digital Economy Bill, effectively sending the draft legislation to the House of Lords for consideration. Read more>>
Today, The Verge is reporting that another hack of Adult Friend Finder and several related websites resulted in over 400 million accounts having been exposed. Information stolen includes e-mail and IP addresses and account passwords, but unlike a previous hack, this one apparently doesn’t include information on sexual preferences. The Verge reports that the websites stored user data in plain text or encrypted with outdated algorithms.
Anyone who ever had an account at AFF or Friend Finder Network should immediately change any similar passwords that were used elsewhere. (This breach is a great example of why people should never re-use the same password at multiple websites.) Users may also wish to check their e-mail accounts for possible breaches using the free service at https://haveibeenpwned.com/
Impact on the adult industry:
Studio Heads Weigh In on Trump as President
Donald Trump triumphed last night, and now the adult entertainment biz is trying to figure out what it all means. Read more>>
“… Trump went on record saying that pornography should be illegal,” (Penthouse owner Kelly) Holland said. “Face it, Trump is the puppet. The strings will be pulled by his ultra-conservative vice president, [Mike] Pence, his presumptive attorney general, [Rudy] Giuliani and the rest of the alt-right that will pull the strings.
Impact on the Internet:
From DSL Reports:
Trump Could Spell Big Trouble for Broadband, Net Neutrality
While Hillary Clinton was seen as overly-cozy with telecom in her own right, new President elect Donald Trump is already laying the ground work for an administration that could spell major trouble for broadband consumers, broadband competition, and the nation’s new net neutrality rules. Trump has made it clear he vehemently opposes net neutrality, despite repeatedly making it clear he’s not entirely certain what net neutrality even is.
More from DSL Reports
On a positive note for companies like AT&T, Trump has given every indication that he opposes net neutrality — despite seemingly not understanding what it is. And while his telecom policy proposals have been murky at best, a Republican-controlled FCC is likely to kill numerous policy efforts including cable box reform and efforts to bring additional competition to bear on industry incumbents.
More from Gizmodo:
Donald Trump does not support net neutrality. Actually, he thinks it will lead to the censorship of conservative media. “Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media,” he tweeted in 2014.