LONDON — Attorney Myles Jackman will present a discussion on the upcoming age-verification regs going into effect this spring at a London event Monday night.
At the event, Jackman will explore the truth behind age verification and expose the arguments, history and impacts of balancing child protection against adult free speech and privacy rights.
The Digital Economy Act’s age-verification component will compel adult sites in the U.K. to verify that their users are over the age of 18.
This measure was predicated on the assumption that it would prevent under 18’s being “harmed” by pornography; yet it has potentially disastrous unintended consequences for adult privacy and the free speech ecosystem, asserts Jackman, a practicing barrister who is known in U.K. porn circles as the “Obscenity Lawyer” and also acts as the Open Rights Group’s legal director.
The Monday event that starts at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by London Skeptics in the Pub, takes place at the Monarch, which has a full menu. There will be a £3 donation to cover costs.