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How not to build a data security system

Posted at 17:00 on 14 Dec 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Information security expert Alec Muffett has posted an essay analysing the data security proposals of the BBFC with regards to Age Verification - including some damning commentary on the fact that all parties responsible for implementing AV are blithely ignoring the legal sensitivity of the data involved under the Data Protection Act:

The UK Government has passed the Data Protection Act (DPA) which guarantees sensitive “…processing of data concerning an individual’s sex life or sexual orientation” — §86.7e — and yet apparently nobody wishes to consider that if a person regularly age-verifies in order to access “ireallylikegayporn.com”, the resulting metadata trail will clearly constitute “data concerning [their] sex life or sexual orientation”. 


He explains why the April 2019 deadline for enforcement is so rushed as to preclude any sensible security consultation, and gives a good analysis of the deficiencies of the proposed data security mechanisms for AV with reference to the benchmark provided by credit card security standards.

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Tags: age verification, BBFC, Digital Economy Act, privacy, security

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A Guide to Consent

Posted at 12:14 on 28 Nov 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I'm proud to publish this online version of our consent leaflet, Getting and Giving What We Want.

This is a condensed version of some of the things we cover our consent workshop Getting and Giving What We Want, produced by Backlash. We are running another workshop in January so keep an eye out for details! My co-facilitator Felix and I had a fun challenge cutting the techniques that we teach in the workshop down to a suitable length. As we were going through the material we initially felt that it was all so important we couldn't cut any of it. It was an  informative exercise to ask ourselves, out of all of this crucial information, what is absolutely most important? - and this is what we came up with.

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Tags: Backlash, communication, consent, education, resources, workshops

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Pillow talk

Posted at 17:00 on 23 Nov 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I'm writing this from bed. It's comfy here: I have a pile of pillows my partner affectionately refers to as "pillow mountain". I was meant to have a fluffy blanket, but my cat has claimed it and is kneading it with a kind of orgasmic bliss. I wish I felt that good. 

Bolstered by pillows, it's time for some real talk.

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Tags: activism, capitalism, chronic illness, health, personal, radical rest, self-care, work

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Two Femmes, Two Cocks

Posted at 21:06 on 21 Nov 2018 by Pandora / Blake

When I first came out as non-binary I realised something strange. By coming out as genderqueer, I was telling all the people who have ever been attracted to me in porn or in person that they aren't straight after all: they're queer. Usually, people get to define their own sexuality, but sorry - that's just how it is. I'm not a woman and I'm not a man, so whatever your gender, if you fancy me, you're queer now too. Congratulations!

If you're straight, look away now because this new video with Nimue Allen is the gayest thing I have ever made.

Two Femmes, Two Cocks starring Blake and Nimue Allen

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Tags: BBW, Blake, Blake Presents, blowjobs, fucking, Nimue Allen, photos, porn, queer, sex, strap-ons, tit fucking

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What the BDSM community can teach us about consent

Posted at 18:29 on 14 Nov 2018 by Pandora / Blake

The Metro has just published a piece on What the BDSM community can teach us about consent. I was interviewed for this article last month, and I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.

‘This idea that consent is a contract is really pernicious,’ Blake says. ‘Consent is revocable and ongoing, and being encouraged to change your mind is necessary for consent. By saying you’ve changed your mind, you’re helping your partner respect your boundaries.’ 

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Tags: BDSM, consent, in the news, interviews, media, workshops

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Punished for plagiarism #masturbationmonday

Posted at 09:00 on 29 Oct 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I recently had the pleasure of shooting for Triple A Spanking for the first time in several years. We filmed a 2 part spanking drama called Punished for Plagiarism and I loved it. I got to work with two male tops, both friends of mine, for the first time, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to do some hot spanking roleplay with them.

Pandora Blake punished for plagiarism at Triple A Spanking

In the first part, I play a rebellious schoolgirl in trouble with the Headmaster, who accuses me of plagiaising material in a recent examination. I of course protest my innocence, claiming it was all my own work - I just have a photographic memory! - but the Headmaster doesn't believe me. Played by David Oak AKA Dodgy Dave, a good friend of mine, the Headmaster takes me over the knee for an old fashioned spanking.

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Tags: #masturbationmonday, John Osborne, leather belt, OTK, photos, porn, spanking, Triple A Spanking

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My response to the obscenity consultation

Posted at 17:00 on 26 Oct 2018 by Pandora / Blake

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recently ran a public consultation on the Obscene Publications Act (OPA) - submissions closed last week. I was really glad to see them open the consultation, as the current guidance is out of date with case law and with modern social standards of obscenity, and is well overdue for review.

The fact that the CPS are considering updating their guidance is massive. The CPS Guidance on the OPA is what's behind the 'facesitting law' (AVMS 2014) which criminalised the depiction of facesitting, fisting, watersports, BDSM that leaves marks, full bondage with a gag, etc in online porn. These same rules were nearly reinforced with new draconian web blocking penalties via the Digital Economy Act 2017 - thankfully we were able to talk them out of it via an amendment in the Lords. And they are also behind the BBFC classification guidelines, and the reason these acts are banned from classification even under R18, the highest classification (and therefore from DVD distribution) in the UK.

I've been advocating an update to the guidance (and a root and branch review of obscenity law in general) for years now: seeing the OPA Guidance finally updated would be a huge win for freedom of expression, sex positivity, and fair representation of diverse sexualities.

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Tags: consultation, CPS, Obscene Publications Act, obscenity, politics, porn law

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Age verification: new definition of "commercial" sites

Posted at 21:10 on 11 Oct 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Circumstances in which pornographic material is to be regarded as being made available on a commercial basis

The latest (and, I think, final) update to the Digital Economy Act has been laid in draft for approval: a Statutory Instrument defining the scope of "making pornographic material on a commercial basis". In the Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018, the Government specify in more detail which websites will have to comply with age verification:

  • Only websites where at least 33% of the content is pornographic material;
  • And only if the website is marketed as a pornographic website.

If your website is not "marketed as an internet site... by means of which pornographic material is made available to persons in the United Kingdom" (ie it's not advertised as being a porn site) and if "pornographic material makes up less than one-third of the content", the website is exempt from age verification and does not have to comply.

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Tags: age verification, BBFC, DCMS, Digital Economy Act, in the news, politics, porn, sex worker rights

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Consent workshop in London - Getting and Giving What We Want

Posted at 17:00 on 15 Sep 2018 by Pandora / Blake

This is something I've been wanting to do for a really long time, and I'm thrilled that it's finally happening.

I'm facilitating a new workshop in London - Getting and Giving What We Want. I've developed this workshop with my co-facilitator Felix. So far we've run it a couple of times at little festivals and got a really good response. This will be our first time running it in London. It's happening at 7pm on Tuesday 2 October - just in time for the London Fetish Weekend - at the Apple Tree in Clerkenwell, a fab new LGBT venue that has just opened.

We will explore consent, boundaries, and ways to sensitively communicate with other people to create the best experiences possible. 

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Tags: consent, events, London, Workshops

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BDSM Ethics and Practice, and other training for the BBFC

Posted at 17:00 on 14 Sep 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Last week I was invited to visit the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and deliver a half day of training. This was something of a coup. Three years ago, my ethical porn website had just been closed down by the previous online porn regulator, due to my films contravening guidelines maintained by the BBFC. Now, the new online porn regulator were asking me to come and deliver an expert briefing to their compliance team about BDSM, its ethics and practice, and my recommendations regarding the way BDSM films are regulated.

It was an amazing opportunity to meet the people making decisions that affects filmmakers like me, talk to them about the issues, and create a shared context. I was excited to have the chance to share my knowledge and experience to help the team's understanding as they make classification recommendations on BDSM content.

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Tags: age verification, BBFC, BDSM, consent, ethics

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