|Crackdown on porn sites
Parental control system
a better option, says Telecommunication Regulatory
The Police Women and Children’s Bureau said that
they are hoping to start submitting a list of 100
websites containing pornographic material to be
banned each week from next week onward.
According to a senior official of the bureau, they
will submit these lists to the Telecommunication
Regulatory Commission (TRC) as a move to prevent Sri
Lankans from accessing porn on the Net.
He added that, while a handful of websites with
pornographic material on Sri Lankan women and
children had already been blocked, they would now
move to ban websites with porn material on
foreigners as well.
The officer said that they were also hoping to
monitor these sites over a period of time to see
whether they have become re-accessible.
These suggestions have emerged as a follow-up to a
court decision given last Wednesday by the Juvenile
Court of Battaramulla ordering the TRC to ban access
to 107 porn websites.
Meanwhile, the top brass at the Women and Child
Bureau said, though they were able to ban these
sites, some of the sites that they have banned have
already begun to resurface under different web
“There are millions of websites on the internet that
contain porn and many more emerge each week. The
rate of traffic makes it almost impossible to
control these material over the net. We will submit
these lists on a weekly basis so as to cope with a
growing number of porn sites,” one officer added
He said that they have already proposed to the TRC
to launch special software in to the local internet
that prevents people from accessing porn.
“We have already found this software that can do
this but the TRC is unwilling to launch the
programme saying that it will reduce the internet
speed,” he said.
When contacted, TRC Director-General Anusha Palpita
said that he will act only if the court orders him
to do so.
“We have already informed in writing to all internet
service providers to ban the 107 sites according to
the present court order,” Palpita said.
Palpita, however, said the TRC was strongly against
any sort of Internet censorship that cloud slow the
Web and hinder the country’s development.
He said that it was simply not practical to restrict
access to these without slowing the Internet speed
and thereby interfering in the normal day-to-day
activities of many individuals and companies.
“I suggest that the best way to cope with this issue
is to introduce a ‘Parental Control System’ that
allows the parents to control what their children
access on the web. First and foremost it is the
parents who should be responsible for the child’s
upbringing. Therefore, we can make available
software that will allow the parents to control the
types of websites that can be accessed from their
computers,” Palpita said.