[LINK] BT puts block on child porn sites
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Mon Jun 7 10:25:35 EST 2004
At 00:33 7/06/2004 +1000, Danny Yee wrote:
>David Goldstein wrote:
> > British Telecom has taken the unprecedented step of blocking all
> > illegal child pornography websites in a crackdown on abuse online.
> > http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1232422,00.html
>It's not clear to me from this story whether the list of blocked
>sites is public or not, or what (if any) oversight of the censorship
>there is. And if users aren't being informed that they are being
>censored, but rather deceived into thinking the site is inaccessible,
>that's a worry.
Is this concept at all possible? Maybe BT force transparent proxy and
hence can remove sites by URL. Although I can't imagine paying someone to
sit there all day and enter endless streams of virtual URI's into a
database as they change and grow faster than you can type them into your
>No details on implementation, but there's likely to be "collateral
>damage" -- if they're doing IP blocking, that's going to hit a lot
>of virtually hosted web sites that happen to share an IP address with
I'd doubt they do it by IP, as simple as that sounds. However, on the
reverse side of the argument, if a hosting provider is allowing child
pornography to exist on their hosts (knowingly or otherwise,) why not block
them totally, after all, supporting those who support, knowingly or
otherwise, the distribution of child pornography is not going to slow down
or stop the increase in material.
Maybe we need a White Ring Thing for kids against Pornography.
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