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Tell the BBFC age verification will do more harm than good

Posted at 12:34 on 19 Apr 2018 by Pandora / Blake

By the end of this year, the Government is planning to enforce new rules requiring anyone in the UK to prove their age before looking at pornographic websites. Young people deserve our protection and support, but there is no evidence that these measures will do anything to keep children safe - and meanwhile, the Government are reducing funding for sex education, schools, libraries and youth clubs, indicating that they are more interested in blocking access to pornography and controlling the Internet than in truly helping young people.

The Government is leaving it to private companies to handle age verification, enabling these companies to collect databases of the porn browsing habits of UK adults which could be leaked or hacked. Despite these risks, the regulations contain no strong requirements for age verification tools to protect user privacy.

The regulator is holding a public consultation which is open until next Monday, April 23.  We need as many individuals as possible to respond to the consultation. Would you please add your voice using the resources below, and share these links with your networks? Even a quick response in favour of increased privacy requirements would be enormously valuable.

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Tags: age verification, AgeID, BBFC, MindGeek, Open Rights Group

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Strong privacy is a must for age verification tech

Posted at 15:23 on 18 Apr 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Open Rights Group

The Open Rights Group are urging people to respond to the BBFC public consultation on their age verification guidelines.

The Government is about to require all UK internet users to verify they are over 18 to be able to view pornography. This will likely require users to use documents like a passport, credit card, or driving license to prove their age to the site.

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Tags: age verification, BBFC, Digital Economy Act, Open Rights Group, privacy

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Guest of Honour at London Porn Film Festival 2018

Posted at 11:28 on 12 Apr 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I'm overjoyed to announce that I have been asked to be the Guest of Honour at the second London Porn Film Festival! The LPFF is an annual festival celebrating queer, feminist, radical and experimental porn from around the world, and this year it runs from Thurs 12th til Sun 15th April - starting tonight! - at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury.

I attended last year's festival and did a Q&A on the films I screened, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to watch lots of diverse, exciting and hot queer porn. You can read press coverage and my comments on last year's event here, and my blogpost about the new experience of creating audio descriptions for my films here.

I am delighted that the festival is returning this year, and excited that it's going from strength to strength. There's a larger programme, more films, and a choice of two workshops, one of which I'll be facilitating - my popular DIY Porn workshop which will be held on Friday (tomorrow) at noon. Making your own porn can enable you to express yourself, enjoy your body, embrace your sexuality, and have fun! Come along for some tips on how to create hot, inclusive porn, and see some sexy clips to showcase some different approaches to DIY porn. I really enjoyed giving this workshop on Valentine's Day and can't wait to do it again - here's my write-up from the last one. There are still a few places left so don't miss out - get your tickets here!

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Tags: accessibility, DIY porn, Dreams of Spanking, ethical porn, events, feminist porn, film festivals, London Porn Film Festival, queer porn, workshops

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Spring porn and politics news

Posted at 17:00 on 27 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Spring is sprung, the ass is riz (that's how the poem goes, right?) London has had approximately ten years of winter, or at least that's what it's felt like. I couldn't be gladder to see the back of it. As well as age verification being delayed (hooray!), lots of exciting stuff has been happening in recent weeks. If you're part of my team of elite campaign supporters on Patreon, you'll have seen a mammoth update about the former already - and if you aren't, read this to  find out how you can be part of my fight for a better world.

This blogpost is a round up of various other things I've been up to lately.

Joining the Open Rights Group Advisory Council

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Tags: campaigning, Chelsea Poe, Courtney Trouble, events, Global Women Strike, IWD, Lana Moon, news, Open Rights Group, photos, politics, porn, queer porn, QueerPorn.TV, shoots

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Age verification enforcement delayed

Posted at 19:16 on 13 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Age verification for online porn has been delayed

The news broke on Sunday, with as quiet a splash as the Government could manage. Over the weekend the Government issued a press release about their digital strategy, with a focus on the rollout of 5G for mobile. It also sneakily contained the news that implementation of the age verification requirement has been delayed from 27th April until 'the end of the year'. It was buried in an unrelated announcement, presumably, because they didn't want too much of a fanfare about the climbdown. 

Our priority is to make the internet safer for children and we believe this is best achieved by taking time to get the implementation of the policy right. We will therefore allow time for the BBFC as regulator to undertake a public consultation on its draft guidance which will be launched later this month.

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Tags: age verification, Digital Economy Act

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Fucking against Fascism

Posted at 16:38 on 12 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Fucking Against Fascism DIY porn film screening flyer

I'm super excited for this queer porn screening that's touring Europe right now! The headliner is Fucking against Fascism, a collaboration between Courtney Trouble and Chelsea Poe, which is screening alongside selected films by Bishop Black and the Sluts4Sluts Collective. The UK event is a week tomorrow, Saturday 17th March from 5pm-10pm. Here's the Facebook event. If you're in London you should come!

Courtney Trouble is a rad queer porn director, one of the pioneers of queer porn; they run QueerPorn.tv and RealQueerPorn.com. Chelsea Poe is a gorgeous transfemme performer, known for her work with Gods Girls, Trouble Films and TrenchcoatX.

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Tags: Bishop Black, Courtney Trouble, DIY porn, events, film screenings, queer porn, Sluts4Sluts collective

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Women's Strike this Thursday - see you on the streets!

Posted at 21:00 on 6 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Womens Strike 8 March London Programme

This Thursday a Global Women's Strike is being held, to coincide with International Women's Day. 

From the Women's Strike website:

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Tags: gender politics, International Women's Day, patriarchy, sex worker's rights, Women's Strike

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DIY porn - how to make it and feel good doing it

Posted at 18:00 on 5 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Pandora Blake presents DIY Porn - how to make it and feel good doing it

I didn’t spend Valentine's Day with my lover this year. I spent it supporting curious couples and individuals to express themselves sexually on camera. I’m not complaining. I saw Felix the following night - and I really love my job.

I was teaching an adult sex education class on DIY Porn: how to make it and feel good doing it. The event was produced by The Book Club in Shoreditch, the same people who hosted my talk a few months ago on feminist porn. This one was intended as a provocative evening out for couples who wanted to have a go at making their own sex tapes, but also open to anyone who wanted to try their hand at shooting porn. I was contacted on Twitter afterwards by an escort friend considering making the move into shooting clips, who said that the class inspired her, which delighted me; I’m pleased that the class wasn’t just useful to hetero couples, but to queer sex workers too!

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Tags: Bright Desire, Cookie Cosmos, Dante, DIY porn, Emma Celeste, Lilith, Nimue Allen, Nimue's World, public speaking, talk, The Book Club, workshop

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Behind the scenes with Myles Jackman

Posted at 09:32 on 21 Feb 2018 by Pandora / Blake

On Friday I got together with obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman and some like-minded friends to create a new campaign video for Backlash and raise awareness around age verification. Look out for the completed film coming in the next few weeks. We recorded this short and sweet video blog after the shoot to tell you what we've been up to. 

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Tags: age verification, AgeID, Backlash UK, Digital Economy Act, MindGeek, privacy, security

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Privacy threat posed by AgeID hits the mainstream news

Posted at 19:53 on 9 Feb 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Pandora Blake talks about age verification on Sky News

One of the difficulties of campaigning in the arena of sex and sexuality is how difficult it is to get mainstream attention. Even when issues potentially affect the privacy and freedom of a majority of adults, most publications will post stuff related to sex as a lightweight "lifestyle" feature rather than as serious news.

So it was ground-breaking for Sky News to feature a report on the dangers of mandatory age verification, in particular the threat posed to personal privacy if MindGeek successfully establish a monopoly with their AgeID software. I watched the video as it was first broadcast live on the bus on my phone with my headphones on. It features an interview with me and - somewhat to my surprise - excerpts from my film trailers I had posted on YouTube. It's a trip to see (fully clothed) snippets from your indie porn films used to illustrate a mainstream news story - even more so when watching it on public transport!

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Tags: age verification, AgeID, Digital Economy Act, in the news, media, MindGeek, porn, privacy, security

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