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Dodgy images at the heart of government?

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columngollum Mon 03-Mar-14 23:49:50

First it was David Cameron's twitter account following an escort agency and now (well, what now.) If the PM's office can't keep its IT systems in order then what hope have we mere mortals got?

ManifestoMT Tue 04-Mar-14 00:12:55

Scary stuff BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said Mr Rock has been a fixture in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party for three decades, initially working for Margaret Thatcher, and was brought back into Downing Street by David Cameron in 2011.

As deputy head of the policy unit, he was one of a number of officials who had been working on policies to rid the internet of child abuse, our correspondent said.

Mr Rock was involved in preparations for a summit last year, working with the NCA, at which leading companies agreed to make it as difficult as possible to find images of abuse on their search engines.

Downing Street said ministers and not advisers determined the policy.

ManifestoMT Tue 04-Mar-14 00:13:41

Isitmebut Tue 04-Mar-14 00:18:40

It could and has been worse, when the Prime Minister and his advisors have the police called in to investigate their policies/actions, whether wholesale ‘Cash for Lordships’ to boost party coffers, or taking the country to war in Iraq on a ‘dodgy dossier’, that cost British serviceman and a few hundred thousand Iraqis their lives – now those are dodgy images (and politicians) I’ll never forget.

And don’t start me on the NHS IT system, not fit for purpose after how much, £12-£14 billion, and the company involved, wasn’t it also involved in the cash for honours donations?

columngollum Tue 04-Mar-14 20:42:53

Most people admit that the really dodgy images are on the Dark Net. If politicians think filters are going to solve that problem they're living in Noddyland. The Stray-innocent-confronted-by-filth problem might be alleviated somewhat by Internet filters. It depends. The real battle is going to be handheld devices and their apps. If they think talking to a few ISPs about bad photos is going to solve that one, either, then Noddyland beckons again.

Politicians don't really have any chance of solving the technoporn problem. And the people who can solve it (the geek-developers) don't want it solved.

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