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Almost 1 In 5 Websites Are Blocked By Filters In The Uk

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As was to be expected the porn filters introduced by the government are being used to block all sorts of sites, most of which have nothing to do with adult content.

The Open Rights Group discovered that almost 20% of the most popular 100,000 web sites are being blocked by at least one of the major UK ISPs.

This is mass censorship similar to what happens in China, if you still believe that you live in a free speech society then this should be your wake-up call.

A Porsche broker, a political blogger and a mum hoping to read an article about post pregnancy care are among those that have been affected by Internet filters, designed to protect young people from adult content.

In 2012 we published the Mobile Filtering Report, investigating the way default blocking on mobile phones was denying people access to important information. We reported on what has seemed like rather arbitrary censorship, such as the New Wine church block. ORG analysed and drew examples from our site at blocked.org.uk which originally allowed people to submit when they found that a site had been blocked.

Through the Blocked project we wanted to find out about the impact of web filters. So far Open Rights Group has tested over 100,000 sites and found that over 19,000 - almost one in five - are blocked by one ISP or another. The problem of overblocking is not going away. Different ISPs are blocking different sites and the result is that many people, from businesses to bloggers, are being affected because people can’t access their websites.

https://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/2014/blockedproject

The government is promoting filters to prevent children and young people from seeing content that is supposed to be for over 18s. This includes pornography and sites that talk about alcohol, smoking, anorexia and hate speech.

In practice, filters block many sites that are not harmful to children. Sometimes they are blocked by mistake. Sometimes they are blocked deliberately. For example, many blogs and forums are blocked by default.


https://www.blocked.org.uk/

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I can still get the porn. Didnt even have to contact the ISP in a muffled accent to get to it.

Nonetheless, its a disgraceful indictment of nanny state/big brother UK that this is even an issue. Its what happens when left wing feminazis and right wing puritans join forces. This alone has stopped me ever voting tory again. The internet is the one bastion of relative freedom, its not for government to regulate.

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I can still get the porn. Didnt even have to contact the ISP in a muffled accent to get to it.

Nonetheless, its a disgraceful indictment of nanny state/big brother UK that this is even an issue. Its what happens when left wing feminazis and right wing puritans join forces. This alone has stopped me ever voting tory again. The internet is the one bastion of relative freedom, its not for government to regulate.

It's more troubling than that. The risk of blocking for commercial reasons is massive - see the story of the porsche brokerage on this page. I could easily see a competitor getting his site blocked - a quick brown envelope to someone at the phone company and you have effectively undermined your competition...

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I get this from my ISP on a search for Primewire and this is nothing to do whatsoever with pron....

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Lots of examples like this.

It will just drive everyone down the vpn route.

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I get this from my ISP on a search for Primewire and this is nothing to do whatsoever with pron....

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Lots of examples like this.

It will just drive everyone down the vpn route.

I have access on plus net.

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I have access on plus net.

This particular site is one earmarked for blocking by the rights protection lot.

They get blanket court orders now on a list of sites and send it out to the ISP's to comply.

Only the big ones such as sky and bt internet seem to be playing ball.and blocking.

The primewire block is easy to get round with a proxy anyway..

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I get this from my ISP on a search for Primewire and this is nothing to do whatsoever with pron....

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Lots of examples like this.

It will just drive everyone down the vpn route.

Never heard of primewire.ag before today, but it looks like a movie site. Is it showing "pirate" movies? Or perfectly legal movies that the likes of Disney want to block?

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Yes, from experience. 3 blocks far too much, or breaks it through crappy optimisation/shoving their tracking junk in there. I haven't found anything I couldn't access via plusnet.

Plusnet block things silently (though they may block fewer things than some others).

As in this story.

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When I don't like porn any more, I'll cancel my subscription with Virgin!

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I'm surprised this placed hasn't been deleted completely, never mind just blocked!

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I can still get the porn. Didnt even have to contact the ISP in a muffled accent to get to it.

Nonetheless, its a disgraceful indictment of nanny state/big brother UK that this is even an issue. Its what happens when left wing feminazis and right wing puritans join forces. This alone has stopped me ever voting tory again. The internet is the one bastion of relative freedom, its not for government to regulate.

Same here.

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I find it amusing that the feminazis keep saying how porn degrades women yet r/gonewild has an ever increasiing number of women getting their attention whoring fix by posting nudies of themselves.

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Same here.

That depends on your ISP, some smaller ISPs don't use any filters at all and even among the big players the filters differ quite a bit as stated in the article I linked to.

Also the point of this thread isn't so much that porn is being filtered, but that porn filters are being used to filter loads of other web sites that have no adult content at all.

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That depends on your ISP, some smaller ISPs don't use any filters at all and even among the big players the filters differ quite a bit as stated in the article I linked to.

Also the point of this thread isn't so much that porn is being filtered, but that porn filters are being used to filter loads of other web sites that have no adult content at all.

It's talk talk, I was under the impression they were one of the first to turn on filtering. Lets just say for research purposes I have been to plenty which would be high on the blocked list.

I didn't mention porn, I haven't seen a single site blocked by my ISP either porn or otherwise.

However on my phone via Vodafone, yes loads is blocked, although I don't tend to use that other than for the odd bit out an about.

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Never heard of primewire.ag before today, but it looks like a movie site. Is it showing "pirate" movies? Or perfectly legal movies that the likes of Disney want to block?

Both mainly.

Yes there is 'recent' stuff on there (usually crap quality) but there is also huge back catalogues of pretty much every TV channel on the planet.

I have it tied into my media centre via a plugin to watch the back catalogues.

Only the other day I watched the first episode of 'Love thy Neighbour'. Who remembers that?

Had to draw the curtains though and turn the volume down though..... :ph34r:

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Both mainly.

Yes there is 'recent' stuff on there (usually crap quality) but there is also huge back catalogues of pretty much every TV channel on the planet.

I have it tied into my media centre via a plugin to watch the back catalogues.

Only the other day I watched the first episode of 'Love thy Neighbour'. Who remembers that?

Had to draw the curtains though and turn the volume down though..... :ph34r:

A bit like 'It ain't half hot mum,'

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