NTC’s proposal

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By Dennis Limlingan

The Advocate

Thursday, March 20, 2014


ALBEIT belatedly, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued a memorandum to Internet Service Providers (ISP) that proposes the banning of access to websites that contains child pornographic materials.

The NTC should have done it way ahead, before the internet has become a way of life for many Filipinos. Many, especially the young, are hooked on various websites including social networking sites.

The proposal aims to block all pornographic sites in the country and the NTC has asked ISPs to install programs in their systems to prevent access to the said sites. I find it easy for these providers to do such as they would simply block access to the connections of their subscribers.

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The blocking of pornographic sites would deny any internet user the access to the thousands of websites that features sex and nude photos of people.

Since the internet age, billions of web materials have been uploaded on the World Wide Web either for profit of some website entities or others for mere fun. These materials are easily accessible for anyone who has the desktop, laptop or a mobile phone which may have an internet connection through a wire or even through Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity).

In the yesteryears, many promiscuous adults and even the young, would have to contend themselves looking at adult magazines that featured still pictures of nude women, couples in the act, pornographic articles among others. Since the digital era has come, the youth on the internet can now have before their eyes not only “bold” photos but also moving persons in their intimate moments.

Many parents are bothered by their children’s available access to pornography. A simple kissing scene may mean a lot to a young and may pollute an innocent mind instantly. Easy access means easy exploitation more so to children.

If we are to observe recently, law enforcement agencies have raided several cybersex dens in many parts of the country. These lairs of internet sex exploit children by using children in pornography either through live shows or in sex chat rooms.

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Aside from the NTC’s proposal of banning access to websites containing child pornographic materials, there are other things that the said telecommunications regulation office should focus on to.

The regulatory body should look deeper into the poor performance of telecommunication companies which are more into profit than service-oriented. Telecommunication companies, aside from their being business, are public utilities too as they serve the general public through their services vital to the people.

It should into also the poor speed and signal of some internet service providers. We have one of the slowest internet connections in the world for the information of all.

Perhaps many have received scams on mobile telephones and emails that are in the guise of raffle promos or charitable activities that lures the public of giving them one’s bank account number or credit card numbers and other personal information. These pieces of information are then used for illegal activities or “online robberies”.

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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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