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sspade
Dec 27, 2013

How well is the UK’s porn filter decree working?

In case you haven’t heard of this, a law was implemented in the UK that forces ISPs to block pornographic material for all customers by default. In my experience, filters are mildly annoying things to spend a few moments getting around, and as many, many people have proven in China, even the “Great Firewall” is more of an inconvenience than anything else. How effective is the UK effort so far? I hate to think of a time when there are bureaucrats deciding what is appropriate for me to read and what is not.

jimlynch
01/03/2014
The Best Story Yet About The UK's Online Porn Filters
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/12/25/the-best-story-yet-ab...

"What the campaign and the campaigners forget of course is that the internet tends to route around censorship. So it only took 24 hours for a Chrome extension to be released that entirely bypasses all such filters. And they also were unaware that creating an effective filter is actually quite difficult. You can’t just block every site that includes the words “sex”, or “porn” or “rape” because there are many sites that use such words but which are not pornography."
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jack12
12/30/2014

To be fair, it is an opt-in system, so you just have to choose the appropriate box, or I suppose if you are getting service in person, tell little Johnny's grandmother that happens to work for the local ISP that you really want to look at everything. “Yes, mum. Everything. See you at church on Sunday, mum.”

 

Apparently it is doing a great job at blocking educational sites that deal with s-e-x. According to the BBC, for some ISPs it is not all that effective at actually blocking “bad” sites, failing to block 7% of sites in one test. 

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Christopher Nerney
12/30/2014

Not very successful, from the sounds of it...

 

"As was predicted by just about everyone, the United Kingdom’s initiative to get U.K. ISPs to add default pornography filters has been a complete and utter disaster so far. Not only have the filters been blocking access to pornographic content but they’ve also been blocking access to health information websites and charity websites among other unintended targets."

 

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spaid
12/29/2014

i have no ideea man,but i think this is bad!

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