Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jordanian ministry calls to block Internet porn

From Jordan Times:
The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology on Monday voiced readiness to block pornographic websites in the Kingdom.

“We support campaigns to block these sites in Jordan,” a source at the ministry, who preferred anonymity, told The Jordan Times.

The source said the ministry will consult with Internet service providers (ISP) in Jordan on how to filter these sites and block them, but noted that implementing the nationwide project requires “millions of dinars” that are currently unavailable.

“At this stage, there are no financial allocations for a project to block these sites,” the source added.

“The ministry will soon launch a campaign to raise public awareness on the dangers of accessing such sites,” the source said, adding that a committee will be formed to look into the issue.

If the campaign is successful and the money is found to do nationwide blocking of adult sites, then the ministry would also have the means to block political sites that they deem dangerous as well.

This statistic was interesting:
Citing the Internet metrics company Alexa, [activists] said between 77 per cent and 80 per cent of Internet users in Jordan access pornographic sites.