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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# ISPs

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# Blocked
Gardaí and internet providers team up to block new domains hosting child abuse images
Internet service providers will be given the domain names which will be blocked to Irish users.
# loading
The moon now has faster broadband than rural Ireland... here's why slow internet is the WORST
They were harrowing times.
# Pornography
Senator: 'We have to think of Playboy as part of the good old days'
Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has asked Minister Pat Rabbitte to examine the UK’s moves to block online pornography.
Aaron McKenna: Thanks to the government, internet censorship is alive and well
Ireland has bent over backwards to accommodate the wishes of copyright holders by blocking file-sharing websites – but there isn’t as much effort put into the voluntary blocking of child porn, such as exists in the UK or Norway, writes Aaron McKenna.
# The Internet
How fast are Irish internet service providers? Here's what Netflix says
The online movie and TV series streaming service has published data on Irish ISPs and how they rank according to streaming speeds for Netflix content.
# Acta
ACTA is dead: EU abandons referral to top court for ruling
The controversial international counterfeiting treaty will no longer be sent to the European Court of Justice.
Column: Online pornography – Ireland should give parents a choice
Children are being exposed to sexual material online. A simple opt-in filter would help protect them without stifling web freedom, writes Pat McKenna.
# Acta
Controversial anti-piracy pact rejected by key European parliament committee
The international trade committee has said that the European Parliament should not ratify ACTA next month.
Column: Blocking child porn isn’t about censorship. It keeps children safe.
The rights of children must come first – and it’s time to block images of the worst sexual abuse, write Senators Deirdre Clune and Jillian van Turnhout.
# Filesharing
European court makes it illegal for ISPs to block blanket file-sharing
In what is being hailed by internet providers as a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice says ISPs cannot ‘filter’ content.
# ISPs
UK: Four internet service providers to block access to porn sites
As part of a government bid to tackle the sexualisation of children, some the UK’s main ISPs will automatically block access to sites showing sexually explicit imagery – unless customers specifically request to be able to view pornography.
# Downloading
China's largest search engine to pay for music downloads
Sony, Warner Music and Universal have reached a deal with Baidu. Currently almost all of music downloads in China are illegal.