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22nd July, 2014 - 11:18 am (3 Comments)

Ofcom has today published a new report that looks at the measures adopted by four of the largest broadband ISPs (BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband) to help parents “protect children from harmful content online” by offering network-level filtering (censorship) systems to block adult sites. But adoption by new subscribers is fairly limited and there have been a number of errors.

the pirate bay

18th July, 2014 - 2:22 pm (8 Comments)

Can skin-deep website blocking measures by broadband ISPs really help to curb Internet piracy (copyright infringement)? According to the latest traffic data from one of the most notorious and widely blocked sites of all, The Pirate Bay, visitor numbers have climbed despite many ISPs across several major countries censoring access.

censorship internet button

4th July, 2014 - 7:55 am (1 Comment)

The Government has just given its official response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry into Online Safety, which in March 2014 warned that website blocking by UK ISPs was “highly unlikely to be a suitable approach” for tackling porn or violent material on the Internet (here). Broadly the government agrees, but you should still expect more filtering by ISPs in the future.

censorship online

2nd July, 2014 - 6:09 pm (2 Comments)

Internet provider TalkTalk has confirmed that their HomeSafe Parental Control service (i.e. network-level filtering) does indeed block customers from being able to view the website of well-known right-wing political blogger and journalist Guido Fawkes (Paul Staines) – http://order-order.com, which is despite the ISP initially issuing a strong denial. Sadly they don’t plan to lift the ban.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

1st July, 2014 - 11:06 am (9 Comments)

A new survey of nearly 500 parents conducted by Super Camps during June 2014 has found that 80% of respondents think broadband ISPs and regulators (Ofcom) have not yet done enough to make the Internet safe for children to use, which is despite all of the major providers now offering an enforced option to enable Parental Controls.

internet censorship padlock

17th June, 2014 - 2:17 pm (2 Comments)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IEF) has called on broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom to help tackle malware (malicious software and viruses) by, for example, restricting Internet access to infected computers and devices (e.g. PCs, Tablets etc.).


4th June, 2014 - 1:24 pm (1 Comment)

The vice president of online security firm Trend Micro, Rik Ferguson, has warned that “desperate times call for desperate measures” and is calling for broadband ISPs to “quarantine” the computer systems of customers that have been infected with malware (e.g. viruses, Trojans, botnets etc.).

kc hull uk

16th May, 2014 - 2:40 pm (0 Comments)

East Yorkshire ISP KC looks set to become the latest provider to introduce network-level Internet filtering (Parental Controls), which will give all new KC broadband customers the choice (as part of their set-up process) over whether or not to block certain categories of website / content (e.g. porn, dating, social networks, freedom of speech etc.).

internet law uk

13th May, 2014 - 10:38 am (2 Comments)

Sometimes Internet privacy and freedom of information can come into bitter conflict with each other and that appears to be the outcome of a new ruling against Google by the European Union’s Court of Justice (ECJ). The outcome could lay the groundwork for everybody to have a “right to be forgotten” online.


28th April, 2014 - 9:05 am (2 Comments)

Customers of budget broadband provider TalkTalk, specifically those whom have enabled the operators network-level HomeSafe Internet filtering censorship system (Parental Controls), have complained that the system is incorrectly blocking the women’s rights website https://sherights.com under the questionable category of “pornography“.


17th April, 2014 - 3:24 am (5 Comments)

One of the more puzzling aspects of the on-going political debate over Internet censorship (Parental Controls) is the issue of Age Verification, which has some politicians aggressively calling for a system that can verify an Internet user’s age before the ISPs network-level filters can be disabled. But is it even possible and do we really need it?


2nd April, 2014 - 7:51 am (4 Comments)

Customers of budget broadband provider TalkTalk recently found their access to the hugely popular image sharing website – imgur.com – to be slow or virtually unusable due to the ISPs implementation of the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) voluntary child abuse block list.


1st April, 2014 - 1:30 am (7 Comments)

Broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom have unanimously agreed to support a new Government initiative that aims to make the Internet friendlier to those under the age of 5, and Justin Bieber, by removing or changing any and all content depicting or involving adults (aka – “adult content“).


28th March, 2014 - 8:35 am (2 Comments)

The Authority for Television On Demand has called on the Government to reinforce in law the requirement for UK operators of adult websites, specifically those that peddle pornography, to put workable Age Verification in front of R18 content or risk having their funding sources blocked. Now they just need to figure out the “how“.

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