UK Porn Filter: Censorship extends beyond pornography..of course it does!

homesafe-filters

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.

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.”

http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/uk-is-about-to-filter-out-internet-adult-sites-and-esoteric-material/

Last week, UK prime minister David Cameron announced that adult sites would be automatically blocked in order to protect “children and their innocence”. After some digging however (this policy, which was strategically timed to be announced right when the Royal Baby was born) is far from being only about “protecting children”. As usual, a catchphrase that nobody can’t disagree with was used to hide the ugly truth: UK’s policy will, by default, filter out and censor a LOT of material that is deemed undesirable.

After discussing with several UK ISPs, Digital advocacy organization Open Rights Group discovered that the UK web filter will ban by default a wide range of websites including:

- violent material
– extremist and terrorist related content
– anorexia and eating disorder websites
– suicide related websites

More importantly, the filter will also censor websites that mention alcohol or smoking“web forums” and “esoteric material”. These last categories are the most worrying as their vague nature opens the door to all kinds of censorship. What exactly is “esoteric material”? Are “alternative news” and “conspiracy-related” sites included? Is mentioning the occult elite on a blog warrants a ban from the UK? The censorship possibilities are endless.

According to Cameron, the new parental control settings will be turned on for all new broadband subscribers “by the end of the year.” In other words, people in the UK, there isn’t a lot of time left to get your voices heard. While it might be possible for a “computer whiz” to hack himself around this super-mega-Chinese-monster filter – it is the principle behind it that’s important. Also, this policy mostly aims the people that won’t do a thing about it: The clueless, apathetic, ignorant masses that won’t even realize that a lot of the internet was filtered out “for their own good”. 1984.

————

dont tell me you are surprised?..you shouldnt be..this is how they always operate..the sheep will plead for it..and they will be filtering websites that mention esoteric material?? wtf?

china was the blueprint and this is what you will get..to protect you of course..oh..and stop porn..yeah..right..

401

~ by seeker401 on August 1, 2013.

7 Responses to “UK Porn Filter: Censorship extends beyond pornography..of course it does!”

  1. “esoteric information” … lol

    steganography is gonna get big in those countries…

  2. Reblogged this on Johnsono ne'Blog'as.

  3. LOL I see this already ‘Games’ that’s real funny, how many people use the internet for this.

  4. Reblogged this on Johnsono ne'Blog'as.

  5. Sounds like more data mining for the future “terrorists” in that country… Dating sounds almost unreal to be blocking – are they planning to give us all arranged marriages?

  6. […] UK Porn Filter: Censorship extends beyond pornography..of course it does! (seeker401.wordpress.com) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,002 other followers

%d bloggers like this: