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[ NNSquad ] Cameron's internet filter goes far beyond porn - and that was always the plan

Cameron's internet filter goes far beyond porn - and that was always the plan

http://j.mp/1idYTHN  (New Statesman)

    Working through secretive negotiations with ISPs, the coalition has
    put in place a set of filters and restrictions as ambitious as
    anything this side of China, dividing the internet into 'acceptable'
    and 'unacceptable' categories, and cutting people off from huge
    swathes of it at the stroke of a key.  "As well as pornography, users
    may automatically be opted in to blocks on "violent material",
    "extremist related content", "anorexia and eating disorder websites"
    and "suicide related websites", "alcohol" and "smoking". But the list
    doesn't stop there. It even extends to blocking "web forums" and
    "esoteric material", whatever that is. "Web blocking circumvention
    tools" is also included, of course."  And the restrictions go further
    still. Over the weekend, people were appalled to discover that BT
    filters supported homophobia, with a category blocking, "sites where
    the main purpose is to provide information on subjects such as respect
    for a partner, abortion, gay and lesbian lifestyle, contraceptive,
    sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy."
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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
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