With Porn Filters Going Oh So Well, UK Roars Ahead In Expanding Them To Include 'Extremist' Content

from the things-are-getting-a-little-dystopian dept

The UK government's futile and ham-fisted attempts to purge the Internet of all of its rough edges and naughty bits are about to see international escalation. The country is only really just kicking off their campaign to impose porn filters that not only often don't work, but also have so far managed to accidentally block numerous entirely legal and useful websites including technology news sites like Slashdot, digital rights groups like the EFF, rape counseling websites, and more. David Cameron's government has long-stated they want this filtering to eventually extend to websites deemed "extremist" by the government, and it appears that new proposals being drafted hope to make that a reality sooner rather than later.

Just as child porn is used to justify broader porn filters, beheading videos appear to be the magic bullet into scaring people into accepting filters that move well beyond porn. According to the BBC, government-funded operations within the counter-terrorism referral unit will soon order UK broadband ISPs like TalkTalk, Virgin Media and BSkyB to expand filters to include websites declared to be promoting terrorism. As most filter opponents have warned, the slope in the UK is moving beyond slippery and is getting downright muddy thanks in part to new UK Immigration Minister James Brokenshire:
"Terrorist propaganda online has a direct impact on the radicalisation of individuals and we work closely with internet service providers (ISPs) to remove terrorist material hosted in the UK or overseas," said Brokenshire. "Through proposals from the Extremism Taskforce announced by the Prime Minister in November, we will look to further restrict access to material that is hosted overseas - but illegal under UK law - and help identify other harmful content to be included in family-friendly filters," he added.
In other words, because of pesky things like the Constitution in the United States and instead of just using existing, vast international resources to prosecute criminals and terrorists, we're going to be expanding broken ISP filters against the advice of pretty much everybody. Granted what is deemed "extremist" will likely be entirely arbitrary, and as we've seen with the porn filters, there's probably no limit to the number of entirely legal and legitimate websites UK citizens will find suddenly inaccessible.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 10:57am

    I wonder how long it will be now until Britain becomes the first Western country to ban or restrict VPN usage.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:04am

    we all know the biggest mistake here is the UK thinking for one second that filters will work. we then al know the mistake the UK citizens made was thinking it would stop with the non-existing stopping of porn involving children. the mistake being proposed now is going to go hand in glove with the new 'Gagging Law' that Cameron has just introduced, to stop certain Political Parties from getting sponsorship at election time. the next one will be to censor those who actually condemn the Tory Party. when you look at it, the overall mistake is that just one person, not an Internet genius or a judge, but a person who is going to force his/her opinion on to everyone else, regardless! how wrong is that? Cameron, you are blowing things, big time now!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:04am

    Yeah, that makes sense...

    Because it's the same impressionable Christian children that they are trying to protect from the horrible influences of porn that are somehow magically attracted to Islamic extremist propaganda sites and need to be protected from those as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:05am

    Once society can erase all images, words, actions, and thoughts that someone (anyone) dislikes, the world will be as beautiful and vibrate and a blank sheet of paper. And we'll have governments to thank for the new sterile, safe world where everyone is free from the shackles of excitement & adversity that make life worth living.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:05am

    Only terrorists and pedophiles use VPNs and Tor. Indeed, those censorship circumvention tools will be the next to go. After that, science and knowledge will be next on the chopping block. It's hard to control a population that has access to science and technology. Just ask Canada, they've already started burning books and closing down their libraries.

     

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    S. T. Stone, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:06am

    Yep. Saw this coming. Maybe they'll ban 4chan next.

    Now that would actually be funny to watch.

     

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    sophisticatedjanedoe (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:06am

    Going full Russia, UK? Everyday I'm reading what's going on in the Russian Interwebs, my hair stand up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:14am

    How can you not see that we have to do this in order to stop the spread of radical ideas promoting a social order that controls it's members by restricting information and vilifying all those who disagree with their narrow views of what is acceptable.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:42am

    That didn't take long...

    I swear it was less than 6 months they introduced this. And they are already talking about other stuff?

     

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    PRMan, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:46am

    Re: Yeah, that makes sense...

    I didn't realize that there were any Christians left in the UK. I thought everyone had turned atheist by now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:49am

    At least the filters are opt out, for the moment.

     

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    Aaron (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:51am

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    Clicked "funny" and "insightful"; now looking for "sad" button.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:56am

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    They should be opt in, not opt out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:00pm

    Quick, cut the submarine cables that connect the UK to the rest of the civilized world before it's too late!

     

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    DannyB (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:06pm

    Do they have a definition of Extremist?

    Do they have a definition of Pr0n?
    Do they have a definition of Extremist?

    I'll just use US politics as an example, even though it is irrelevant to the UK. Republicans think they are in the center and Democrats are extremist. And Democrats think vice versa. Some people think both Democrats and Republicans are extremist.

    Hey, here's an idea! (Oh, no... hold on to your socks...) Let's ban anything that anyone considers Extremist.

    That would be like pouring drain-o into teh intartubes to clean them out so that Netflix could flow through more easily.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:20pm

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    A rather large American insurance company who has tech support based in the UK and who makes extensive use of VPNs will be fucked.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:23pm

    another one

    We have the Chinese great firewall. Now we're getting the great firewall of Britain.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:23pm

    Internet filters
    Gagging law
    People being jailed for things they say on Twitter
    Nothing but rhetoric and hyperbole being used to justify all this

    I am truly ashamed to be from the UK

     

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    Claire Rand, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:31pm

    As one living here..

    These filters don't and won't work properly, they are not required to.

    They will be very good at filtering text, you know stories that are perhaps highlighting something that the government of the day, or the people running the filters would prefer not to be highlighted. They will be good at that, and catching anything that is remotely similar in general subject matter.

    On the extremist and porn side, again they don't have to actually work, there will be a 'report' produced on how much is being blocked, any you see will be described as the tip of the iceberg etc, its not about actually blocking anything, its about being able to be seen to be 'doing something'.

    All pointless, and expensive.

     

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    Devon T, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:34pm

    Yeah. I can't watch UK netflix, amazon prime, and my bandwith just went down to dial-up modem level (i have broadband). I am so pissed about it, not even my vpn is working anymore.

     

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    The Old Man in The Sea, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:34pm

    Does anyone remember "The Holcroft Covenant"?

    I think it has taken a little longer to work out in reality.

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:46pm

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    They are not as bad as advertised.
    Here is the official response to the e-petition against them

    "From the end of this year, when new customers set up a broadband account, they will be prompted to set up parental controls. If a customer repeatedly clicks ‘yes’ to get through the set-up quickly, filters will be automatically selected. Parental controls are easy for the account holder to change, so customers who do not want filters can simply switch them off."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:46pm

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    They must be ashamed that they wound up ahead of the United States in press freedom.

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:48pm

    Re: As one living here..

    its not about actually blocking anything, its about being able to be seen to be 'doing something'.


    This - a thousand times.

     

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    Karl Bode (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:52pm

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    It's coming. Both in the US and UK, on VPNs and proxies, as they realize graduated response systems don't do anything if you can't see the traffic. (Not that they do anything either way).

     

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    Aerilus, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 12:59pm

    The slippery slope reality.

     

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    aerilus, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:04pm

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    That would be ten times better than the pirate bay or megaupload case.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:08pm

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    it's all good.

    they'll have the proper papers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:09pm

    First they came for the fisters, and I did not speak up because I was not fisting.

    Then they came for...well I don't know what is more extreme than fisting.

    Surely they were thinking of the children or something.

    What the fuck, UK?

     

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    Niall (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:14pm

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    Oh right, that makes the censorship ok then.

    One more reason to vote 'Yes' to Scotland in September...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: As one living here..

    It is also mixed with the desire to control information available to the people, which is a common desire amongst politicians, and the leaders of organized religions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:28pm

    I am waiting to read an article that says "Internet Access to UK Ceases; Government Mysitfied".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:40pm

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    At first they came for the compulsive masturbators.

    I didn't speak up because I was "busy" at the time...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:41pm

    Never did I think that I would reach a point in my life where I would honestly prefer to side with the child pornographers, terrorists and serial killers than the government and the inbred Daily Mail reading neanderthals.

    Seriously, what the fuck?

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:54pm

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    Yeah, but that does nothing about the true ugliness of the system: that everything you do will go through the filters, whether you've opted in or out. If you've opted out, the filters just won't filter. But you can bet the access is still logged.

     

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    albert, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 2:04pm

    'Creeping' fascism is starting to 'walk' in the UK.

    Controlling the free press is the most important step in creating a fascist state.

    No, you won't have swastikas and genocide; fascists are so much more sophisticated now.

    I gotta go...

     

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    Jeremy2020 (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 2:31pm

    The US is pretty scary, but man, the UK is in overdrive to becoming the corporate fascist state.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 2:40pm

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    That's why they need a new law, now against terrorism, hey'll say something like.
    You can turn porn on, but if you turn terrorism on then you're a terrorist.
    and since there is no way one can prove there was absolutely ZERO terrorism content in a webpage you can't even see, then they'll be able to censor anything they don't like.

     

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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 2:52pm

    Sigh

    and help identify other harmful content to be included in family-friendly filters,
    And again the desire to emigrate to a free country increases... if only I could find one to move to.

    "More free" is increasingly easy though... I'm thinking China might make the cut soon...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 4:02pm

    We told you this would happen, but you called it slipperyslope.
    You cant fix this one without going on the streets. You have to get your balls together and do what the ukrainians did.
    Constant surveillance of everyone, internet filters and punishment for telling bad things about the government, and yet you do nothing.
    Damn im glad its not my problem. If you dont fix this, then i hope you at least manage to get them to leave the EU, so we dont get any of this crap from you

     

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    sedgewick, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 4:36pm

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    The terrorists have indeed won.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 4:43pm

    Up next: book burning, public flogging and ducking witches in the village pond.

     

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    PopeyeLePoteaux (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 5:46pm

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    Not happening IMO. Banning encryption or making it hard/impossible to use proxies/VPN is possible ONLY if a new standard is implemented globally where no person can be allowed to be administrator on their own computer. They would need to make it illegal to have administrative rights over your own computer or any device capable of connecting to the internet.

    Even trying is highly likely to remove every business relying on VPN's, cloud services and proxies from the market, https would have to go as well so no more services using encrypted login; banks, Amazon, online franchises, personal cloud storage, etc.

    Because if you want to ensure a high percentage of your economy moves to another country, banning encryption would be it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 5:47pm

    you might want to be careful or someone might display how TD and Masnick routinely "FILTERS" posters to TD because of their "extremists" comments..

    extremist activities like questing the facts as presented here on TD or calling out TD 'writers' for 'abusing the truth'.

    I do agree it is very distasteful, and a despicable act for the UK or TD to engage in that practice.

     

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    PopeyeLePoteaux (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 5:55pm

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    Its not censorship if the rest of us still can read your asinine posts, Darryl.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:00pm

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    But I suggest you check with Masnick first and find out what the truth is from him before issuing me a challenge, it would be far better for Masnick to 'come clean' and admit he engages in this EXACT FORM OF CENSORSHIP, RIGHT HERE ON TD !!

    as you might have noticed, most of TD diehards are against this activity, yet it is routinely done here on TD !

    It would be far better if he was honest with you and us, rather than a public display (via youtube) of how he is being dishonest.

    You want to fight about censorship and 'blocking' make sure your own home is clean first...

    Ball is in your court, how you going to play it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:05pm

    Re: Re:

    No silly, I am not talking about "reader hiding" or "reported" posts, I am talking about MAC address blocking of ALL POSTS to TD, the posts fall into a black hole of "HELD FOR MODERATION" only to NEVER APPEAR, or rarely appear weeks later, well after the discussion has ended.

    TOTAL CENSORSHIP, not this reporting bullshit, although that is also censorship, I am talking about exactly what the UK is doing BLOCKING things they don't like (or people they don't like generally).

    People like me who tends to be sceptical about statements made on TD than most here.

    I can video it, and show you if you like, but if I do it will be on Youtube.

    So make sure your right first. I can prove what I am saying is true!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:15pm

    beheading videos appear to be the magic bullet into scaring people

    amusing choice and combination of words !

    and everyone should have the right to watch beheading videos, "beheading videos" are ACTUAL BEHEADINGS!! you know?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:18pm

    Maybe if you didn't shit so much you wouldn't be blocked, never mind that no one believes you.

    darryl just hates it when due process is enforced.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:21pm

    Re: Re:

    "Its not censorship if the rest of us still can read your asinine posts, Darryl."

    So it IS CENSORSHIP if you cant read my asinine posts ?
    I am glad you agree !

    So if I can provide you cannot read my asinine posts, you must agree that it is censorship..
    Thankyou.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:22pm

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    I don't care if you don't believe me, I have proof, and truth, its all I need. Lets see how much I hate due process then?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:37pm

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    What an empty promise. We all know you loathe Google and YouTube with an unearthly passionate hatred. You got a bridge to sell us, too?

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:46pm

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    ...I have proof...

    Then present it, because just like AJ's whining about how he's 'always being blocked from posting', you sure seem to have no trouble posting, numerous times(which on it's own would quite likely be enough to trip the spam filter), on any and all articles that you happen to be viewing at the time.

     

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    PopeyeLePoteaux (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 7:26pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Please do, show us the video, right here, right now, give us proof of what you are saying is true. I'll be waiting.

     

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    Niall (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 7:34pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Except we can, and you're just admitting to asinine posts regardless of 'censorship'...

     

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    Niall (profile), Feb 14th, 2014 @ 7:36pm

    Re: Re:

    Can you post the video proof of Bigfoot and the Martians as well, please?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 9:13pm

    Ever think Cameron just wants to block information getting out on his theft / money laundering / illegal government contracting to place (and then remove) several million speedbumps across the UK....and his partial ownership in each of the six large energy companies....etc

    As long as he feels he can suppress this until he's out of power (i.e. the next election) he's fine with total censorship.
    - Doesn't help he f***ed up badly by refusing to help people in Somerset (a Tory voting heartland) until TV cameras showed up....then the workers "appeared" whilst he was around and vanished again as soon as the cameras did.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2014 @ 9:38pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Bear in mind that this is the sort of speech (read: drivel) that average_joe, Just Sayin', bob and out_of_the_blue want not only protected, but commended, encouraged and enforced.

    And they wonder why no one takes copyright seriously.

     

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    Kronomex, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 12:49am

    And now the cretins that ruin, I mean run, Australia are jumping on the internet filtering bandwagon and considering going after naughty pirates here. After consultation with "content providers", meaning mostly US media, they are considering screwing us over big time and placing the onus on the ISP's to enforce this stupidity.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/brandis-to-take-hard-line-on-internet-piracy-thro ugh-copyright-law/story-e6frg8zx-1226827168539
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-14/george-brandis-f ederal-government-to-target-internet-piracy/5261404

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 1:52am

    I.e.

    Anyone who disagree's with us or puts our position and hold in jeopordy will be deemed a terrorist

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 1:58am

    governments and their book burnings

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 2:05am

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    The illusionary terrorists, perpetrated by the REAL terrorists

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 2:06am

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    EVERYTHING should be Opt-IN

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 2:21am

    How long before viewing a harmless website that is "suppose" to be filtered becomes a fucking arrestable fucking offence

    I swear when im pissed off, guess what, im pissed off

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 2:25am

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    Opt-out is just another involuntary data collection

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 2:26am

    Re: Re: As one living here..

    And the consequence will "eventually" lead to political/corporate censorship

     

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    Felix Atagong (profile), Feb 15th, 2014 @ 3:50am

    Deuteronomy

    All websites containing the bible will have to be banned at first. Deuteronomy is full of radical, racist and discriminatory guidelines.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 15th, 2014 @ 4:35am

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    I'm sure they're love to, but there's far too many legitimate business uses for VPNs for the to really put such a ban in place. I'm sure some clueless morons in parliament will try to put such measures forward, but they'll backtrack when representatives of major corporations point out how much money will be lost with such a thing. They might be technically clueless and power-hungry, but they won't mess with things when they realise that money is at stake rather than silly things like rights and freedom for ordinary folk.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 15th, 2014 @ 4:45am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Aw, is the lying trolling idiot upset that his lying trolling is being treated as lying trolling because so many people report the lying trolling that it gets caught in a spam filter and has to be manually accepted (I note that even you admit that it's authorised once a human being gets to it)?

    Here's an idea - stop with the lying and trolling. Stick to facts rather than whining, attacking and misrepresenting, then you'll find your posts suddenly stop being flagged as lying, trolling bullshit and thus your problems will end.

    "I can prove what I am saying is true!"

    I'm sure that Techdirt can prove that you're being filtered because so many people from all over the world are reporting you as a troll, and I'm also sure that any cursory reading of your words will demonstrate that said label is accurate. The only pity is that I don't know which one of our small, pathetic band of lying obsessed losers you actually are.

     

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    tanddemand, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 4:59am

    wow man

    That actually makes a lot of sense dude.
    Anon-Works.com

     

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    DP, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 9:37am

    Re: Re:

    "Ball is in your court". Reckon the plural of "ball" is more appropriate for all the dross, waffle, half-truths and complete cattle excrement from what is obviously OOTB behind the anonymous coward hiding place. Whoever that person is, there is a very sad, demented and twisted mind lurking, together with a huge chip on the shoulder - probably BOTH shoulders.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 10:01am

    Re: another one

    Visible from space too.....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 11:47am

    I guess Infowars will be censored.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 11:49am

    Censoring because children? Check.

    Censoring because filesharing? Check.

    Censoring because terrorism? Check.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Feb 15th, 2014 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: They can do other things

    Hey, I can no longer get to Democracy on Wikipedia ...

     

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    CandyLand, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 4:04pm

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:05am

    That's kind of pretty lol.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 5:35pm

    if your local library made porn and extremist material available to children something would be done. something ought to be done about the internet in the same way. having an opt-in filter to adult content isn't a big deal - frankly, it is long, long overdue

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Feb 15th, 2014 @ 6:11pm

    Re: Re:

    "making it hard/impossible to use proxies/VPN is possible ONLY if a new standard is implemented globally where no person can be allowed to be administrator on their own computer."

    Well, no, that's not really true. It would also be possible to monitor traffic for data streams that appear to be random. Those are probably encrypted datastreams, and their presence could trigger a more intensive investigation of the source & destination of the traffic.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 15th, 2014 @ 6:52pm

    Re:

    Then do it on a personal basis.

    There are likely hundreds of programs that parents can use to block(for the 5 minutes it takes before the 'kids' bypass them) 'objectionable material', the government shouldn't be getting remotely into such things, because what you find 'objectionable', what your neighbor finds 'objectionable', what some person who lives in another city finds 'objectionable'... all of those are likely to be completely different, so if the government steps in to try and block 'objectionable' material, you can bet they're going to do it in as broad, and incompetent manner as possible.

    If someone needs the government to decide what they should and should not have access to, it's because they're either too stupid to decide such things themselves, or too lazy to deal with the problem personally, and in either case, they're handing a huge chunk of power over to a group that has shown, quite often, too not in fact have the public's best interests in mind, and that while they have no problem taking/'accepting' power, they really, really don't like to give it up once they have it.

     

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    shaun, Feb 15th, 2014 @ 7:35pm

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:05am

    What the hell are you talking about? Are you stupid?(im canadian and travel coast to coast)

     

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    Unrestricted Brit, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 1:32am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:14am

    The UK government won't dare take on 4chan. It will just end badly.

     

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    Anon, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 3:17am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "They are not as bad as advertised*."

    *YET.

    This is about having the infrastructure in place with the ISPs. Then it is up to them to decide which filters are "opt in" or "opt out" or, silently, always on.

    This is the equivalent of the government building a barb wire fence around your house and then telling you it's no big deal because they'll leave the gate open for you, promise.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 4:03am

    Re:

    You are a complete disgrace to the entirety of the profession of solar panel engineering.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 4:18am

    Re:

    and cripple business as we know it?

     

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    Michael Price, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 4:28am

    Radical = wants to kill for the "wrong" reasons.

    We have filters in Australia. So far no problem getting porn. It's absurd. I doubt I'd have any problem finding "radical" websites either. Of course "radical" in this context means "wants to kill for political reasons other than the reasons we the government want to kill.".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 4:46am

    Re: Re: Re:

    but it is opt in

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 5:17am

    Re:

    the gagging law wont work like filters wont work

     

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    Thomas, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 5:20am

    Re:

    "Only terrorists and pedophiles use VPNs".

    What about the people who use them to access American Websites such as Hulu and the American Netflix so it's actually worth the money?

    What about me, who uses a VPN to connect to my Universities intranet from my house so I can connect to a server that I would otherwise have to be on campus to connect to.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 5:22am

    Re: Re:

    they are opt in

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 5:25am

    restrict access to material that is hosted overseas - but illegal under UK law

    so it means they have to get a court order

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 5:25am

    restrict access to material that is hosted overseas - but illegal under UK law

    so it means they have to get a court order

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 7:13am

    Re: Re: Yeah, that makes sense...

    nope, there must be a few

     

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    Gay Mohammed's Bacon Sandwich, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 8:31am

    As long as it's sharia compliant

    And we hang all offenders in the town square, what's the worry? Allahu Truqbomb.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 9:18am

    Looks like the filter will filter out their own (UK's gov) websites. They are acting pretty damn Extreme.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 9:26am

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 14th, 2014 @ 11:05am

    Those marine science libraries that the Conservatards shut down, they just threw all that data in the garbage, even scientists who wanted to salvage all they could couldn't. And indeed they were saying that they shouldn't be owning all of that stuff and that it should be public domain data.

    "It will be impossible to recognize Canada when I am done" -Stephen Harper

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 9:46am

    Re: As long as it's sharia compliant

    You mean underground mini-nuke. It's okay, I know what you are ;)

     

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    Guy Fawkes, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 9:54am

    Remember, remember, ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 16th, 2014 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Do they have a definition of Extremist?

    Have you seen some of the things on Netflix? That shit's far too extreme to allow into the general public.

     

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    Pragmatic, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 5:16am

    Re: Re:

    I believe the poster was being sarcastic, Thomas.

     

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    Pragmatic, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 5:22am

    Re:

    There goes my entertainment!

     

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    Tigger (profile), Feb 17th, 2014 @ 6:09am

    The filters may well be opt-out but given the recent revelations on global surveillance who in their right mind is going to tick the box that says 'YES - I do want access to extremist content'

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 2:03pm

    Re:

    you know it opt in not opt but the extremist content going to be filtered even if you opt in or out

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 2:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    but then you realise that its just a very small fence that you can easily hop over

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 2:14pm

    Re:

    it will be you problem one day

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 2:17pm

    Re:

    the day you are arrest and sent to death

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 2:20pm

    I love how techdirt did not report what the Big Brother Watch had to say fuck this site

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 2:30pm

    Re:

    opt in

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2014 @ 2:33pm

    I think no one knows how filters work not even people on techdirt just look at the comments

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 18th, 2014 @ 1:50am

    I think censorship is extremist

    I think censorship is extremist and I want the websites that advocate it banned. umm...

    Okay, we seem to have some kind of contradiction here. How about not banning anything?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2014 @ 8:11am

    Re:

    Then they'll have the entire business community in an uproar and seeing as they pretty much go with the money they wouldn't even get close to implementing it.


    Maybe only government sanctioned VPN providers, where they are able to fully monitor all traffic but an outright ban very doubtful.

     

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    Clownius, Feb 24th, 2014 @ 9:46am

    Re: Radical = wants to kill for the "wrong" reasons.

    You must have missed the fact the pron filter was a total failure and abandoned after a few failed trials.

    Of course the Mad Monk is working hard on another failed attempt to filter im sure.

     

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    The Wanderer (profile), Mar 1st, 2014 @ 7:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Opt-out" versus "opt-in" is a matter of which choice is the default, the one you get if you don't pay enough attention to make a conscious choice.

    The described setup configuration process will put the filters in place if you just say "yes" to everything. Unless "yes" is not the default (e.g. if it's radio buttons and a "Next" button, and the "no" radio button is selected by default), then someone clicking through without paying attention will get the filters - and that means the filters are the default, which makes this an "opt-out" scenario.

    Not to mention that, as others have stated, it seems that opting out only affects whether the filters will actually be applied to your traffic - not whether your traffic will pass through the filtering software.

     

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