It’s a small world after all, especially on the Internet. Iran recently stepped up its censorship of porn. Iran’s national telecom used Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to fake routes for 256 adult websites, in order to block access. It exposed a major problem with the Internet, and how one countries’ policies can have unintended consequence for others who love their porn. It can be a little complicated, but the most basic explanation is that internet service providers look for the shortest pathway to website IP address. When Iran created fake BGP pathways to block certain websites, some service providers mistook them as real, and so users were directed to blank pages for those websites. A surprisingly large number of countries were close enough to seek out the fake Iran pathways, creating a much broader white out for a number of adult websites. While clearly Middle Eastern countries were affected, Iran’s censorship also reached India’s Bharti Airtel, Russia’s RETN, Indonesia’s Telekomunikasi and Hong Kong’s Hutchison, which are all significant ISPs in their respective regions. Slowly the service providers realized the mistake, and within 28 hours, things began to return to normal. But it shows how vulnerable the Internet can be, and how just like that, we could lose porn. So you should enjoy the time you have for the time you have it. Because porn may not always be around. Stock up on external hard drives with terabytes of space and start hoarding.
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According to Havoscope, the world’s oldest profession is booming worldwide. Hookers hauled in $186 billion in worldwide revenue. Their data is based on estimated market values from countries where prostitution revenue is available and used public health programs and law enforcement initiatives to develop the figure. They also ranked the countries who spend the most per capita on prostitutes. We figured some Asian nation would top the list, cause “me love you long time.” But no, it was European countries topping the hooker spending charts, with a few Asian countries mixed in. Spain spends the most on prostitutes per person, with a total expenditure of $26.5 billion. Damn, Spain. Damn! In terms of the number of workers, however, China blows other countries away with over 5 million workers, followed by India with 3 million and the United States with 1 million. China also claims more than a third of the world’s prostitution revenue at $73 billion. The large populations of those countries, of course, balance out the excessive whoring of some of their citizens, in the per capita calculations. Here were the top ten countries in the world:
1. Spain $372
2. Switzerland $291
3. South Korea $165
4. Germany $151
5. Japan $128
6. Bulgaria $122
7. Thailand $63
8. Taiwan $53
9. Ireland $45
10. Israel $42
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Porn to the people! Porn has won in India. Only days after outrage and protest over the India government banning access to over 850 porn websites, the government is giving porn back to the people. The Indian Department of Communications will reinstate access to whichever of the 857 banned sites can demonstrate that they do not deal in sexual imagery of minors. “A new notification will be issued shortly. The ban will be partially withdrawn. Sites that do not promote child porn will be unbanned,” Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told India Today TV. It is a victory for porn worldwide. And a testament to Puja pussy power. But don’t celebrate too quickly. Some ISP providers are reluctant to embrace the change. An anonymous ISP executive said, “How can we go ahead? What if something comes up tomorrow [on one of these sites], which has child porn, or something else?” It may be a slow return to porn, but porn is definitely making a comeback.
As an interesting side note, as a result of the temporary ban and future uncertainty, prices for DVDs nearly tripled in some of the markets in New Delhi and other areas, and adult CDs rose nearly 30%, according to reports.
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India waged a full scale assault on porn over the weekend. The Indian government ordered Internet service providers to block access to 857 pornography websites that had been singled out by an anti-pornography activist. Indians are in revolt. The government action comes on the heels of a recent Indian Supreme Court ruling refusing to block pornography, saying that adults had a fundamental right to watch pornography in the privacy of their homes. But Indian officials disagreed and some are pleased, including the lawyer who argued for blocking porn to the Indian Supreme Court. “Under Prime Minister Modi’s good governance and the good faith with which this government has been working,” Madhya Vaswani said in an interview, “they have been instrumental in blocking the 857 websites that I have been looking to get blocked.” Madhya has a very low opinion of porn, which now seems endorsed by the Indian government. “Nothing can more efficiently destroy a person, fizzle their mind, evaporate their future, eliminate their potential or destroy society like pornography,” Madhya wrote in his petition to the Supreme Court. “It is worse than Hitler, worse than AIDS, cancer or any other epidemic,” he added. “It is more catastrophic than nuclear holocaust, and it must be stopped.”
Social media and porn lovers everywhere have responded. Nikhil Pahwa, editor and publisher of MediaNama, which monitors digital policy in India, said he feared that the Modi government was using pornography as “a ruse” to create a government-controlled web filter for India. “This one is a clear attempt by this government to control the Internet in India,” he said in an interview. “It’s not just one incident. There are numerous battles, all linked to one another, for free speech and Internet freedom that are being fought in the country right now.” Yup, first they came for the porn, and we said nothing….
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There is so much room in the back of a Ford Figo (a hatchback made in India), if you’re Paris Hilton, you can kidnap all three Kardashian sisters, or if you’re former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (known for throwing wild sex parties, and currently facing charges of paying for sex with an underage woman), you can fit your hookers and sex slaves — bound and gagged — in the back. The ad campaign was aptly entitled “Leave Your Worries Behind.”
In a statement to The Huffington Post, ad firm WPP expressed their regret over the publication of the ads and said they should never have been created in the first place. “We deeply regret the publishing of posters that were distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within WPP Group,” the statement said. “These were never intended for paid publication and should never have been created, let alone uploaded to the internet. This was the result of individuals acting without proper oversight and appropriate actions have been taken within the agency where they work to deal with the situation.” Ford similarly did some backtracking. “We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened,” Ford said in a statement, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. “The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners.”