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banned from the internet cross

25th November, 2015 - 9:12 am (1 Comment)

Mobile operator EE has threatened to become one of the first Internet access providers to introduce a controversial network-level blocking system against website adverts, which has sparked a debate about the quality of advertising and raised questions over how far ISPs should intrude online.


11th November, 2015 - 2:17 pm (0 Comments)

The Government has budgeted around £175 million+ over 10 years to cover the cost of storing everyone’s Internet records as part of their controversial new Investigatory Powers Bill (details), but MPs have been warned by ISPs that this might not even come close to covering the actual costs.

internet uk spying and monitoring

4th November, 2015 - 2:43 pm (8 Comments)

The Home Office has published the first draft of its new Investigatory Powers Bill, which marks the third attempt to expand the United Kingdom’s Internet snooping laws by forcing ISPs into logging a bigger slice of everybody’s online activity; irrespective of whether or not you’ve committed a crime.


2nd November, 2015 - 8:38 am (11 Comments)

Later this week the Government will finally publish their third attempt to enhance the Internet snooping capabilities of our country’s security services, but there’s growing confusion between the mass media and politicians over what will actually be announced.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

28th October, 2015 - 8:23 am (0 Comments)

The Government has confirmed that they’re considering the introduction of a “domestic law” that could prevent Europe’s new Net Neutrality rules from overriding their policy of requiring all of the United Kingdom’s major broadband ISPs to block adult Internet content.


7th August, 2015 - 11:13 am (6 Comments)

The Sky News TV channel, specifically its official YouTube based live video stream, was taken down last night following a complaint by FOX News in what appears to be the latest example of overzealous automated copyright linked Internet stupidity. On top of that Fox, which shares its parent company with Sky, also managed to screw up its own stream. Doh.


14th July, 2015 - 8:56 am (4 Comments)

A new report claims that around 7 out of 10 Sky Broadband customers have enabled the ISPs network-level filtering (Parental Controls), which was enforcedly introduced last year by all of the largest broadband ISPs to help block “adult content” from young eyes. Sadly it doesn’t always work as intended.

europe map

9th July, 2015 - 2:02 pm (0 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has warned that Europe’s attempts to introduce a new Digital Single Market strategy by the end of 2016, which covers everything from tackling “illegal” Internet content to boosting investment in faster broadband or mobile networks, is in “serious danger” of missing its target.

banned from the internet cross

5th June, 2015 - 9:23 am (3 Comments)

A new research paper from a three man team, which was based out of Carnegie Mellon University and Wellesley College in the USA, has found that forcing broadband ISPs to block individual piracy websites (e.g. The Pirate Bay) had little impact. But blocking a mass of 19 websites in one go did appear to drive UK Internet users towards legal alternatives.

pirate internet piracy flag

1st June, 2015 - 7:57 am (5 Comments)

The Premier League and FA have succeeded in having the UK High Court force all of the markets largest broadband ISPs (e.g. BT, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and EE) into imposing blocks against three additional sports streaming websites that are known to infringe copyright (Rojadirecta, LiveTV and Drakulastream).

internet privacy and security uk isp

29th May, 2015 - 11:07 am (7 Comments)

The United Nations special rapporteur for protecting and promoting freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, has published a new report that warns the United Kingdom and other countries against adopting measures into law that would add a backdoor for Internet encryption, which it said risked “weakening everyone’s online security“.

censorship internet button

27th May, 2015 - 12:52 pm (0 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s five largest broadband ISPs, including BT, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and EE, have been ordered by the High Court to expand their mandatory website blocking (censorship) measures to include seven websites that facilitate the distribution of pirated eBooks (copyright infringement).

the queen uk

27th May, 2015 - 11:49 am (8 Comments)

The annual Queens Speech (State Opening of Parliament), in which a man with a big black rod bangs on a door and a poor old lady with a heavy head ornament gets to speak unexcitedly about forthcoming Government policy, has unsurprisingly confirmed that stricter UK Internet snooping laws are on the way.. again.

westminster uk government

9th May, 2015 - 8:12 am (21 Comments)

The political landscape today is radically different from how it began the week, with the Conservatives having successfully won a slim overall majority. But what does that mean for broadband connectivity and Internet access in the United Kingdom? We take a quick, politically neutral, look.

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