That UK Internet Filter May Block Way More Than Porn

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A digital-rights advocacy group says UK ISPs may also filter out sites related to, say, violence or eating disorders unless users opt out.


Not content with forcing UK residents to opt out of porn-based filtering of their Internet service, the government of Prime Minister David Cameron may well cut off access to many unrelated Web sites as well. The Open Rights Group, a digital-rights advocacy outfit in the UK, reports that its discussions with Internet providers suggest that they will also filter a wide variety of other sites by default.

Such filtering, the OSR wrote, could include:

☑ pornography
☑ violent material
☑ extremist and terrorist related content
☑ anorexia and eating disorder websites
☑ suicide related websites
☑ alcohol
☑ smoking
☑ web forums
☑ esoteric material
☑ web blocking circumvention tools

Users will still be able to opt out of such filtering, OSR reports—though in practice, relatively few people actually ever change default settings.

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