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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