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So teenagers will learn how to circumvent Internet filters in order to get access to porn? Is this a new approach to teaching technology?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Dec 19th, 2010 at 07:42:57 AM EST
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The problem with this software is that most of it is built by groups with strong links to the Religious Right in America, because they were the main people who were originally screaming for it. And as a result of that there is a preponderance of what is called Overblocking, where extra things get added to the block list. the most usual things to find are things like Womens health issues, heretical religious opinions, left leaning politics, Abortion, sex education Islamic education, paganism

Content-control software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many types of content-control software have been shown to block sites based on the religious and political leanings of the company owners. Examples include blocking several religious sites[23][24] (including the Web site of the Vatican), many political sites, and sites about gay/lesbians.[25] X-Stop was shown to block sites such as the Quaker web site, the National Journal of Sexual Orientation Law, the Heritage Foundation, and parts of The Ethical Spectacle.[26] CYBERsitter blocks out sites like National Organization for Women.[27] Nancy Willard, an academic researcher and attorney, reported on the close relationships between conservative Christian organizations and filtering software companies providing filters in U.S. public schools and libraries.[28] From her review of publicly available documentation, she concluded that seven of the filtering software companies were blocking Web sites based on religious or other inappropriate bias.[29] They may block sites about things like birth control, drug use and date rape.[30]

Block lists are truly a blunt instrument, and any person who suggests them as a solution to IT problems needs removing from office right now, as he obviously doesn't understand the issues


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Dec 19th, 2010 at 08:20:37 AM EST
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Not to mention that anyone with half a brain can find their way around an IP block in seconds.

he obviously doesn't understand the issues

Worse, he has no clue about the technology.

I'm wondering if he's planning to filter the Vatican website?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Dec 19th, 2010 at 08:30:19 AM EST
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I did have a former employer whos idea was to introduce such web filtering software to attempt to avoid the public relations problem of some Arabic users lending their accounts to friends from outside the normal user group, and those friends turning out to be terrorists who used the computer access to plan an attack.

There were of course a couple of flaws in his plan. firstly some of the staff were involved in a research project on Islamic politics on the internet and so needed access to all of these sites, And it wasn't just a fixed group who were involved, so you couldn't specify a group of users. And the second and perhaps more serious problem was that the people involved in implementing this policy were unable to read Arabic, something that would have caused at least minor technical trouble if the foolishness had been implemented.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Dec 19th, 2010 at 08:51:29 AM EST
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According to Le Canard Enchainé, European companies in that business have links with the Opus Dei.
by Bernard on Sun Dec 19th, 2010 at 02:45:25 PM EST
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At one school I was teaching at, Eurotrib was blocked at the computer on my desktop ...

... but Crunchyroll was not.

I guess because the discussion that goes on at ET is more dangerous to a corporate "business college" than teenage to adult oriented entertainment cartoons from Japan?

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Dec 20th, 2010 at 12:36:47 AM EST
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Eurotrib is blocked at my local library on the grounds that it is a blog and thus a waste of time which should be devoted to learning from officially approved sources.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 10:21:11 AM EST
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Heh. I've learned more macro from ET than from my macro textbooks.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 10:47:42 AM EST
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That's why you're a crackpot economist :)

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 10:58:57 AM EST
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Sure can say that again, Jake. Me too.

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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Thu Dec 23rd, 2010 at 12:33:26 PM EST
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Yeah, but I'm studying economics at a reasonably reputable university. Which makes it sorta worrisome.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Dec 23rd, 2010 at 12:49:08 PM EST
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The line of attack there is to start requesting access exemptions to blogs of top level academics. If they deny them, even raise a stink that students are denied access to the blogs of the top ranking academics in their fields.

That's the nose of the camel.

When they dig in their heels at offering open slather access to blogs, offer an out from, say, the blog that covers the tie worn by Brian Williams (the US NBC news anchor) in the form of criteria for judging which blogs offer "useful" information, and be sure to write the criteria so that the news roundup at EU automatically qualifies it.

That's the camel.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 11:48:17 AM EST
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Ive very rarely had that sort of problem with Libraries, generally you find Librarians are almost fanatically on your side in providing access.

Ive been the person in charge of running the filtering over a site before, which meant there was a Justify your block policy, rather than a justify your pages being open policy.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 06:20:53 PM EST
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