Proposed Internet Censorship In The UK


Cory Doctorow explains a law currently proposed in the UK that would automatically censor internet user’s browsers.

This automatic censoring is proposed by several Members of Parliament, the Daily Mail, and various British religious groups. The proposed web filtering aims to protect children from stumbling upon pornographic material, however, there are concerns that the filter may inadvertently make non-pornographic sites inaccessible:

“Sites will get blocked if they casually mention sex. Sexual health sites will get caught.[6] The websites of clubs and bars, personal blogs and community sites get filtered. Chat sites may be banned – because they might not be sufficiently ‘policed’. In short, if you’re small and independent, you will suffer.”

Doctorow also links to a petition against the proposed filter.

(Via Boing Boing)

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