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Digital Economy Bill

Written evidence submitted by Myles Jackman and Pandora Blake (DEB 61)

Who we are

1 This evidence is submitted jointly by Myles Jackman and Pandora Blake. Myles Jackman is a solicitor specialising in obscenity law, who obtained Not Guilty verdicts in two landmark obscenity trials in 2012, R v Walsh and R v Peacock. The same year, he was awarded the Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year Excellence Award. Pandora Blake is an independent scholar and multi award-winning feminist pornographer, whose ethical porn site was unsuccessfully censored in 2015 by ATVOD under the AVMS Regulations 2014, and reinstated in 2016 after a successful appeal to Ofcom. Both have significant concerns around the impact of obscenity law on sexual minorities, and are active campaigners for civil liberties and sexual freedom.

Executive Summary

2 We have serious concerns about the impact of the age verification policy outlined in the Digital Economy Bill, regarding: the potential for loss of personal privacy; credit card fraud and identity theft; increased state surveillance; misuse of data by private companies; embarrassing data leaks; adults prevented from viewing legal materials; and serious and significant infringement of freedom of expression. We argue that this policy is unnecessary, disproportionate, unworkable, and unintentionally risks vesting more harm rather than good for the following reasons:

Read more: Written Evidence Submission to Digital Economy Bill Committee

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BACKLASH PRESS RELEASE: Embargoed to 12.01am Tuesday 4th October 2016

BACKLASH KINK OLYMPIXXX - CHANGING THE RULES FOR ADULT GAMES

SEXUAL LIBERTY CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR JOINT COMMITTEE ON SEX LAWS

BEGINS:

The feminist pornographer Pandora Blake and obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman have united civil liberties campaigners including the Open Rights Group and NO2ID in a protest against the risk posed to personal privacy and sexual freedom by the Digital Economy Bill currently before Parliament.

The Backlash Kink Olympixxx will feature surreal and satirical games including Fisting Volleyball, a Spanking Relay Race and Squirting Waterfight in a playful parody of the sexual acts that are legal to perform in real life, but illegal to represent, possess or publish under UK sex laws.

The Kink Olympixxx will be held outside Parliament between 12-2pm on Monday the 17th October 2016. There will be speeches from the organisers and civil liberties organisations including Backlash and the English Collective of Prostitutes.

Read more: BACKLASH KINK OLYMPIXXX - CHANGING THE RULES FOR ADULT GAMES

Renowned lawyer Myles Jackman appointed Legal Director for Open Rights Group

Myles Jackman who once described online pornography as “the canary in the coalmine of free speech” and is best known for his cutting edge practice in obscenity law and sexual freedom of expression, has been appointed as the Legal Director for the digital rights campaigners, Open Rights Group (ORG).

Myles Jackman who once described online pornography as “the canary in the coalmine of free speech” and is best known for his cutting edge practice in obscenity law and sexual freedom of expression, has been appointed as the Legal Director for the digital rights campaigners, Open Rights Group (ORG).

Myles was awarded the Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year award in 2012 having represented Michael Peacock and Simon Walsh in their landmark obscenity prosecutions, the #ObscenityTrial and the #PornTrial. He has campaigned for reform in this area, accusing the legal system of being “twenty years behind social values and technological change” in the area of sexual freedom and privacy.

About his appointment, Myles said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as ORG’s Legal Director, since their cutting edge campaigning work for digital freedom and against surveillance chimes perfectly with my personal privacy and freedom of expression agenda.

“This is particularly timely given the passage of the current Investigatory Powers Bill with its authorisation for State-sponsored mass hacking and intrusion into individual privacy and personal freedom.”

Read more: Renowned lawyer Myles Jackman appointed Legal Director for Open Rights Group

Age Verification for Online Pornography and Privacy

Compulsory age verification poses serious privacy concerns that are not addressed within the Bill. Commercial pornographic websites may collect the exact identity details of their users, creating clear commercial opportunities for themselves.

Data collection creates inherent risks of data breaches and the lack of safeguards within the Bill creates opportunities for 'Ashley Madison' style data leaks revealing personal sexual preferences; since privacy protections are entirely absent from the Bill.

Amateur and smaller commercial websites will be unduly burdened by the Bill. Imposing the cost of age verification on them will make their existence as free and commercial entities untenable. This may also adversely affect sexual minorities by denying them the means to freely express their sexuality.

Read more: Age Verification for Online Pornography and Privacy

In yet another first, award winning ‘Obscenity Lawyer’ Myles Jackman has launched an appeal on the crowd-funding website Patreon for monthly donations to fund his pro bono activism practice.

Jackman is known for his cutting-edge work representing criminal defendants charged with consensual adult pornography offences and specialises in privacy and freedom of expression issues, especially for members of the BDSM, LGBTQ, Adult-Industry and Sex-Work communities.

The personal donations on Patreon, which currently range from pledges of $1 to $150 US Dollars per month, will allow Jackman to work pro bono on legal challenges like Judicially Reviewing the Extreme Pornography laws under which Tiger Porn defendant Andrew Holland suffered.

Read more: ‘OBSCENITY LAWYER’ FIRST UK SOLICITOR TO CROWD-FUND PRO BONO ACTIVISM

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Current Activism Projects:

#TigerPorn Judicial Review
I am Judicially Reviewing the CPS and MoJ to clarify the extreme pornography guidelines.

#PornLaws and ATVOD
I am advising members of the adult industry about ATVOD and the AVMS Regulations 2014.

 

 

 

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