NTC to require Internet Service Providers to block porn online starting March

Isn’t this beginning to feel like martial law?

Rainier Allan Ronda of The Philippine Star reports that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will soon require Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies "to install software to monitor and filter out cyber-pornography sites and content."

 

The report explained that in order to enforce its new rule, NTC will order ISPs to install carrier-grade monitoring programs capable of monitoring and filtering out cyber-pornography content. At present, the agency can only monitor activities related to cyber pornography at the barangay, municipality and city levels. "If a user in a barangay or city enters a cyber-pornography site, the barangay or city's IP address will register" in NTC's software.

 

The agency said at a forum on drug trafficking that its latest circular was prompted by growing reports about the Philippines becoming one of the top sources of child pornography material for pedophile clients around the world. The NTC's new rule is set to be enforced this month after its publication in major newspapers.

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