Sunday, July 28, 2013

UK Porn Filter: Censorship Extends Beyond Pornography, But One ISP Is Fighting Back



Ever notice how totalitarian control always comes under the cloak of protecting the women and children? These people always use the same control templates over and over, they have virtually no creativity.  There are already packages parents can buy if they want to filter the Internet for their children. Unfortunately those run by WEBROOT block blogs like mine as being malware. Its backdoor censorship plain and simple via Internet black lists that are more opaque (and harder to get removed from)  than the no-fly lists of the TSA. - AK

UK Porn Filter: Censorship Extends Beyond Pornography, But One ISP Is Fighting Back
By Ryan W. Neal
on July 26 2013 2:59 PM

David Cameron proposed a new plan to battle child pornography.
Reuters
http://www.ibtimes.com/uk-porn-filter-censorship-extends-beyond-pornography-one-isp-fighting-back-1361379

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday that British Internet service providers (ISPs) must install porn filters and require customers to opt-in for adult content. Cameron said the policy is aimed at combating child porn and the “corroding influences” of sexual content in the U.K., but several people are unhappy with the plan. Reports have linked the filters to controversial Chinese company Huawei, and others have found that the filters will block much more than just porn. Some ISPs have publicly refused to force the filters on their users.

The Open Rights Group spoke with several ISPs and found that in addition to pornography, users will also be required to opt in for any content tagged as violent, extremist, terrorist, anorexia and eating disorders, suicide, alcohol, smoking, web forums, esoteric material and web-blocking circumvention tools. These will all be filtered by default, and the majority of users never change default settings with online services.

One U.K. ISP, TalkTalk, already has “The HomeSafe System,” which was singled out for praise by David Cameron when announcing the new policy. It gives another good idea of the kind of Internet censorship the British government is looking to implement.



The HomeSafe filters may give an idea of what David Cameron
 wants to be mandatory for all UK ISPs. 
 TorrentFreak


The HomeSafe filters may give an idea of what David Cameron wants to be mandatory for all UK ISPs.  TorrentFreak

More troubling is the revelation that HomeSafe is actually operated by Huawei, a Chinese company that both the U.K. and the U.S. accused of having close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, is a former officer of China’s People’s Liberation Army, and a recent report by the Intelligence and Security Committee said, “the alleged links between Huawei and the Chinese State are concerning, as they generate suspicion as to whether Huawei’s intentions are strictly commercial or are more political.” The U.S. has branded Huawei a threat to national security.

Huawei denies any connection, and says it is being unfairly scrutinized for being Chinese. The testing center used to operate HomeSafe is based in the U.K., which Huawei says is operated with security and integrity.

ISPs will be able to use whatever filter system they like, so many may not choose to be associated with Huawei. Others are refusing to take place in the filters at all.

“Sorry, for a censored Internet you will have to pick a different ISP or move to North Korea,” Andrews & Arnold, a U.K. ISP, said in a statement. “It is not our role to try and censor what you do with the Internet.”

“It is your responsibility to stick to the laws that apply to you. We have no intention of putting in place any censorship systems or using censored transit feeds.”

The company argued that porn filters will not solve the problem of child pornography and will only create new problems. The ISP said filters will slow down connections and incentivize underground networks and encryptions that make it even harder to track criminals. The company also noted the idea of a slippery slope toward censoring non-pornographic material.

But if HomeSafe and the ORG report are any indication, Cameron censoring non-pornographic material that offends more conservative members of society is already a part of the plan.

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1 comment:

  1. AK, I have Talk Talk's Homesafe on my computer. I woke up one morning to find that there were quite a few sites I could not access, including yours even though I didn't even realise that Homesafe existed and was done without my consent. I went into a panic, LOL. That Homesafe filter is total rubbish, you can only turn it on or turn it off, it's one click fits all. I had to turn it off to access your site but I am not interested in porn sites so that unfortunately had to stay. I could not access our national lottery results because that was also filtered out! This whole thing, as you have said above, cannot be about protecting children. This is total hog wash since they are forcing porn on children in schools anyway by teaching them sex 'education' at 5 years old!!!! There has been a lot about teaching our kids porn!! What makes me so angry is that they wrap it up in smoke and mirrors so people don't notice, the usual spin that our corrupt politicians lie about. How would Cameron like his children taught sex 'education' at 5 years old? Sick twisted bunch of criminals. When are they going to be got rid of? It's time NOW please.

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