Australia – Victoria: New internet child pornography laws close loopholes
New laws will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament, making it easier to catch and prosecute those who engage in the "absolutely evil trade" of internet child pornography, according to Victoria's Attorney-General. Three new offences will be created to tighten a number of loopholes and the maximum penalty for child porn offences will be doubled to 10 years' imprisonment. The new offences include administering a child porn website, encouraging the use of a website dealing with child porn, and a new offence about providing assistance to any other person. Every one of these child pornography images has come at the expense of an innocent child.
India – India blocks 857 websites citing pornography's threat to decency
India ordered Internet service providers to block access to 857 pornographic and humor websites posing a threat to public morality in the world's second-most populous country. Among those listed by the Department of Telecommunications are humor site 9GAG, CollegeHumor and Playboy. ISPs were told to immediately confirm compliance with the order, which also mentioned websites Barstool Sports and Adult Friendfinder. The ban comes after a lawyer petitioned the Supreme Court to block sites featuring pornography on grounds that they fueled crimes against women and children and were a threat to public order. India has the world's second-largest number of Internet users with about 350 million people accessing the Web on personal computers and mobile devices.