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Behind the scenes with intimate.io

Posted at 14:16 on 9 May 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I've been featured in a behind the scenes interview by the folks at intimate.io. Intimate is a new cryptocurrency explicitly designed for the adult industry. Click through to the interview to find out how I got started in the adult industry, my favourite thing about it and the biggest myth about the industry I'd like to dispel.

Read on to the end of this post to read a quick explainer about cryptocurrency, what intimate is and why I think it's a good idea.

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BBFC told it isn't up to the challenge

Posted at 13:00 on 12 May 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Age verification has been hanging over us for several years now - and has now been put back to the end of 2018 after enforcement was originally planned to start last month.

I'm enormously encouraged by how many people took the opportunity to speak up and reply to the BBFC consultation on the new regulations.

  • Over 500 people submitted a response using the tool provided by the Open Rights Group, emphasising the need for age verification tech to be held to robust privacy and security standards. I'm told that around 750 consultation responses were received by the BBFC overall, which means that a significant majority highlighted the regulatory gap between the powers of the BBFC to regulate adult websites, and the powers of the Information Commissioner to enforce data protection rules.
  • The Open Rights Group also submitted a weighty response that offered a deep dive into the privacy and security risks of age verification.
  • Security expert Alec Muffett, who also sits on the Board of Directors of ORG, wrote this punchy response highlighting the discrepancy between the security protocol in place for credit card transactions, and the lack of security requirements for age verification tools - which collect far more sensitive data with no means of redress in the case of someone being publically outed.
  • Backlash submitted a tremendously forceful response emphasising the extraordinary risk to individuals' privacy, and holding the BBFC to account for preventing another "Ashley Madison" style hack of even greater magnitude - which would have devastating consequences for millions of UK adults.
  • As well as helping out behind the scenes with the ORG and Backlash responses, after talking through the issues with Myles Jackman I submitted a response on behalf of both of us, which attempts a thorough review of the freedom of expression, privacy and security risks of age verification. It goes into detail about the impact of the policy on low traffic porn sites and independent sex workers, and the lack of credible evidence supporting age verification.

I'm delighted to hear that many other notable community members including Professor Clarissa Smith and Vex Ashley submitted responses which no doubt add their own forceful arguments against the implementation of age verification in its current form. I wanted to highlight a couple of exceptional responses from individuals which were shared publicly.

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Tags: age verification, Backlash, BBFC, consultation, Myles Jackman, Open Rights Group

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Do you want to join my fan club?

Posted at 19:00 on 31 May 2018 by Pandora / Blake

This is a promotional post - feel free to skip it if you don't want to give me money in exchange for cool stuff :)

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I'm a bit addicted to social media. I love sharing photos and updates about my life. Unfortunately, social media doesn't love sex workers like me.

Facebook and Instagram won't allow any explicit content at all (I've been Facebook banned several times - and in fact I'm currently serving another yet another 3 month YouTube ban for trying to promote Dreams of Spanking there through the medium of edited "worksafe" trailers). Tumblr doesn't let anyone see rude posts unless they're logged in and explicitly consent to seeing them. And Twitter - the last bastion of publically accessible adult social media - will soon be asked by the UK porn regulator to ban accounts that post porn unless they comply with the new age verification rules. In fact Twitter have already started shadowbanning sexy accounts, and deleting accounts that mention sex work, in the wake of FOSTA and SESTA, the horrifying new US laws that criminalise the promotion of sex work online.

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