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Sonia Livingstone contributes to government consultation on internet pornography regulation

Professor Sonia Livingstone of the Department of Media and Communications has contributed to a specially convened expert panel for the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS).soniaLivingstone

Identifying the Routes by which Children View Pornography Online was published alongside several other papers by DCMS as part of their Child Safety Online: Age Verification for Pornography consultation to discuss reducing children’s access to pornography on the internet.

The consultation builds on a 2015 manifesto pledge by the Conservative party to implement age verification for access to all sites containing pornographic material, and the DCMS Select Committee view that no UK website should offer children unimpeded access to pornography. It identifies several technical measures that could be implemented to limit children’s access to pornographic material, and offers evidence to guide their likely effectiveness.

Professor Livingstone said: “I was pleased to contribute to a DCMS consultation which discusses diverse regulatory strategies, not just restrictions, to create a better online environment for children.”

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