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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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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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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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Response to the BBFC consultation on age verification

Posted at 08:00 on 24 Apr 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I sent a response to the BBFC consultation on their draft guidance on age verificationon behalf of myself and obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman.

Table of Contents

  • Do you agree with the BBFC's Approach as set out in Chapter 2?

    • Child protection

    • The scope of the legislation

      • Out-dated classification guidelines
      • “Frequently visited”
      • Extreme pornographic material
      • Indecent images of children
    • Right of Appeal

    • Sanctions and disproportionality

    • Impact on low-traffic websites

      • Financial impact
      • Lack of technical resources
      • Social benefits of online sexuality communities
      • Impact on diversity and freedom of expression
      • Proposals
    • Impact on independent sex workers

  • Do you agree with the BBFC's Age-verification Standards set out in Chapter 3?

    • Privacy “recommendations” are unenforceable

    • Risk of social exclusion

    • Collection and retention of data

      • Conflict of interest
      • Risks associated with data breaches
      • Lack of redress
  • Do you have any comments with regards to Chapter 4?

    • Insufficient security standards

      • PCI-DSS
      • PAS 1296
      • Data protection
    • Regulatory oversight

    • Conclusion

Click here to read the full consultation response.

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Tags: age verification, AgeID, BBFC, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, ICO, MindGeek, Myles Jackman, privacy, security, sex worker rights

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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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