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dreamhost logoThe US internet company DreamHost is fighting government demands for it to hand over details of millions of activists.The Department of Justice (DoJ) wants all visitors’ IP addresses – some 1.3 million – to a website that helped organise a protest on the day of President Trump’s inauguration. In addition to the IP addresses, DreamHost said that the DoJ requested the contact information, email content and photos of thousands of visitors.

DreamHost is currently refusing to comply with the request and is due in court on 18th August,

In a blog post on the issue, DreamHost said that, like many other online service providers, it was regularly approached by law enforcement about customers who may be the subject of criminal investigations. But, it added, it took issue with this particular search warrant for being a highly untargeted demand.

Civil liberties group The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is helping DreamHost fight its case, said: No plausible explanation exists for a search warrant of this breadth, other than to cast a digital dragnet as broadly as possible.

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save net neutrailty logo US media censors at the FCC want to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them.

Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We’ll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!


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Parliament, Westminster, London
Noon until 2pm

The Backlash Kink Olympixxx Changing the Rules For Adult Games

The Digital Economy Bill proposes severe restrictions on accessing pornography without protecting personal privacy and sexual liberty:


The Digital Economy Bill currently before Parliament will introduce compulsory age verification without guaranteeing privacy protections for subscribers. This omission risks users’ personal details and private sexual preferences being exploited for commercial gain and/or leaked into the public domain.


Consensual adult sex should not be outlawed, yet this Bill will prohibit the publication of depictions of sexual activities that are legal to perform. This Bill imposes a financial burden on free, amateur and niche commercial websites, affecting sexual minorities by denying them from freely expressing their sexuality.


Since this Bill is out of step with technology and current sexual values we are calling for a Joint Committee on adult liberty to update our out-dated “obscenity” laws. Please join us at the Backlash Kink Olympixxx outside Parliament on Monday the 17th October 2016 between 12pm and 2pm where we will demonstrate the need for this.

SPEAKERS The Speakers are noted political campaigners, civil liberties advocates and sexual freedom campaigners who will include:

  • Myles Jackman — Obscenity Lawyer
  • Pandora Blake — Feminist Pornographer
  • Jim Killock — Open Rights Group
  • Guy Herbert — NO2ID
  • David Bridle — Editor, Boyz Magazine
  • Dr Chris Ashford — Professor of Law and Society
  • Dr Clarissa Smith — Professor of Sexual Cultures
  • Siobhan Knox and Alex Etchart — Sex Worker’s Opera
  • English Collective of Prostitutes
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Sit on my face protest

Protest against internet porn censorship law
12th December 2014, at noon
Old Palace Yard, Parliament, London

To meet outside parliament and protest against the new sexist laws – This is not supporting sexual equality and something needs to be done! Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored today through an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure.

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

Seemingly arbitrarily deciding what is nice sex and what is not nice sex, the board’s ruling on content that is not acceptable (p.23) effectively bans legal and consensual acts from being depicted by British pornography producers.

The theme of the protest is the Monty Python classic song, Sit On My Face. And couples will be doing as the song suggests, one the ludicrous prohibitions contained in the government censorship decree.

Protest Against The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations

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The Consenting Adult Action Network (CAAN) fully support the protest organised outside parliament this Friday against the government’s latest ludicrous and hypocritical attempts to clamp down on porn that falls outside a narrow cultural definition of normal sexuality.

According to Jane Fae, co-convenor of CAAN England and Wales:

far from protecting anyone, this is the usual badly thought-out mishmash of irrelevant measures and middle-aged male prejudice. What they mostly dislike are women and individuals from outside the charmed circle of sexuality(*) having any place to explore what turns them on.

Dennis Queen, also co-convenor, seconded this view. She said:

Yet again, the official censors are reinforcing regulations that prevent people from expressing themselves safely while politicians such as David Cameron reward their friends in big porn by making it ever more difficult for anyone else to be involved in creating erotic film.

Equally this prevents a very large constituency of people, both straight and otherwise from accessing material that is fundamentally harmless.

Fae added:

If politicians had even a smidgeon of concern for individuals involved in porn, they would be talking to those already working in the industry and identifying what THEY want to make their workplace safer. As it is, Cameron’s enforced introduction of filters has made it far harder for young people — especially LGBTQ youth — to obtain vital information and to explore their personal sexuality.

The principal beneficiaries of the government’s initiatives in this area have been large US and China based filtering businesses. The government have made no-one safer: they have almost certainly done harm to vulnerable people.

(*) The charmed circle is the idea, proposed by Professor Gayle Rubin, that sexuality can be divided into that which is privileged by society, and is located inside the circle, while all other non-privileged sexually was located outside, and in opposition to it. Within the circle, broadly, are to be found straight, monogamous, vanilla, sex without the use of any aids.

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sex and censorship protestJerry Barnett, founder of U.K. adult entertainment advocacy group Sex & Censorship, said he was delighted with the turnout at the Don’t Censor Me! protest held in central London today.More than 50 people joined the Sex & Censorship’s organized protest against the Stop Porn Culture conference, including representatives from the English Collective of Prostitutes, the Sex Worker Open University and Queer Strike campaign groups.

At about 3 p.m., adult industry performers, strippers, sex workers, academics, legal professionals and individuals opposed to sexual censorship mounted a peaceful protest outside Wedge House in Southwark, where the Stop Porn Culture conference was taking place.

Led by Stop Porn Culture co-founder and adult industry opponent Gail Dines and English feminist Julie Bindel, the conference aimed to expand the antipornography feminist movement in the U.K., and included speeches from antiporn academic Julia Long and Object campaign officer Sarah Matthewson.

Dines and Bindel appeared outside the venue to debate with the assembled crowd, just after 3 p.m. For about 15 minutes, they gave out free biscuits and Dines spoke with individual attendees, including porn performers Johnny Anglais, aka Benedict Garrett, and Ava Dalush, before returning to the conference.

Sex & Censorship campaigners Jerry Barnett, former porn star Renee Richards and porn performers Edie Lamont and Benedict Garrett were amongst those who addressed the crowd, along with spokespeople from the English Collective of Prostitutes and Queer Strike.

Renee Richards, who had previously rallied fellow performers to support the Sex & Censorship, took Dines to task for her lack of industry knowledge:

Dines and the other so-called feminists at this conference claim all porn has harmful effects. Yet Dines has never stepped on a porn set. I never saw any abuse while working in porn, nor was I abused. What’s more, Coca-Cola and Apple exploit their workers in horrific ways but the women inside this conference venue aren’t boycotting them.

Jerry Barnett, the co-organiser of the Don’t Censor Me protest said.

The anti-sex narrative, the view of a tiny minority, has been dominant for too long in the media, from the Daily Mail to the Guardian. Our message here is that we can make our own choices, we don’t want to be rescued, and we never asked to be.

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Houses of ParliamentPROTEST Consensual Non-Consent Rape Porn Ban!
16th December 2013, 1pm to 6pm
Outside of the Houses of Parliament, London

The organisers write:

David Cameron’s most recent attempt at banning porn altogether for the UK public is set to take effect in January 2014. However, this pornography ban will not take the form of Internet Service Providers just censoring those sites (Internet filters, BBC, 2013) but will come with a maximum THREE YEAR PRISON SENTENCE to anybody caught in possession of or watching porn depicting simulated consensual non-consent sex.

David Cameron has been able to gain some support for this ban by those who misunderstand the culture by calling it Rape porn , though this label is misleading. Consensual non-consent porn is NEVER rape, nor does it glorify or endorse rape. It is true that there are some places on the internet where one may find disgusting videos of women actually being raped, but these are not to be confused and branded the same. No credible porn companies will provide real rape pornography, and the vast majority of these videos begin with the actress giving her consent to what will happen to her and letting viewers know that there is a safe word she will use if she wants the whole thing to stop immediately.

Consensual non-consent, dominance/submission and the use of safe words are common practice for those interested in BDSM and it is a popular fetish, with 62 percent of women saying that they had a fantasy where they were having sex against their will (Women’s rape fantasies, Psychology Today, 2010). So, if we like to have this sort of sex in the privacy of our own homes, why should it be made illegal to watch the same things in pornography when nobody is being seriously taken against their will?

Therefore, in opposition to this new legislation I hereby call for a peaceful protest outside of the houses of parliament, London. During the protest, you are invited to freely wear clothes you feel may express your opinions clearly (within the boundaries of the law, e.g. no nudity), though this is not encouraged. Bring message banners, bring props (e.g. whips), bring megaphones, bring refreshments, bring your own information leaflets/booklets to pass to the public, and help us generally spread awareness of this issue and make sure that no politician, David Cameron or otherwise, gets any more say on our personal freedom than they already have.

Don’t allow this law to pass. You or somebody close to you could be facing prison time over a fantasy.

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hacky protest 1Outside Hackney town hall in east London a battle for the soul of Shoreditch is raging as an unlikely coalition of strippers, club owners and a vicar pit themselves against a range of mean minded women’s groups and residents who are fighting to close down the area’s strip pubs and a sex shop.

Around 30 erotic dancers, plus bar workers and strip club owners, marched on the town hall to protest against the council’s proposal to operate a nil policy in the borough.

It was a good natured protest supported by 50 or more people. which wasn’t too bad for a cold grey Friday morning. As is the joy of Hackney, a very wide range of people showed up to oppose this outrageous and unwise proposal.

Carrying a banner outside the town hall, Jennifer Richardson, a stripper at Browns, one of four clubs clustered around the Shoreditch area, said the clubs were a vital part of the borough’s heritage. If we lose them, Hackney loses part of its character and its edge. These places are a seed bed for creativity in the area. Without them, it loses a lot of its individuality.

But nutter group, Object, argues that the clubs supposedly create a no-go area for women and foster an atmosphere of aggression that many find intimidating.

hacky protest 2But the women protesting were furious that they could be seen as victims. They insisted there was solidarity between the strippers at the four Hackney clubs, the dancing happened on stage and a no-touching policy was strictly enforced. Although men did sometimes offer to pay more for private sexual activities, they could be politely rebuffed, or ejected from the establishments, they said. Loretta Landon was pragmatic about her job. Frankly, I think the men who come into the clubs are more objectified than we are, she said. Some of them might have these romantic fantasies about us, but to us they are just walking wallets.

Tensions between the two groups are running high. Edie, who did not want to jeopardise her day job by giving her real name, called Object a fanatical fright group. A stripper in Hackney for 12 years, she argued that she had felt more demeaned working as a PA in the City.

This is about prohibition and curtailing the rights of adults to decide what they want to do, she said. I am an adult and I don’t want to have to justify myself to a bunch of childish hysterics on some kind of Victorian missionary quest to save the fallen. What about all the Hackney trannie bars and gay cabarets – will the moral police censure them?

The strippers and their clubs have found support from an unusual quarter. The vicar of the local St Leonard’s church in Shoreditch has accused Hackney council of trying to impose a moral code on its residents, and argued that the area would be more dangerous if the clubs lost their licence. I’ve been here for 27 years and I remember the struggle to get these places licensed in the first place, he said. They were run by criminals, they were squalid – now they are well-run and brilliantly controlled. Why would we lose control of something that we worked so hard to get under control? The consequences of that worry me deeply.

Club owners argue that if the council pushes ahead, 400 jobs will be lost and girls women forced underground into more dangerous, unregulated situations.