US Censoring Anti-Censoring System They Set Up For China And Iran
from the mixed-messages dept
While the US government has actively been funding a variety of projects to help web surfers in Iran and China (where web surfing is severely restricted) reach banned sites, a new study has found that the system the US offers, via Anonymizer.com, blocks plenty of sites itself. Even worse, the filtering is incredibly clumsy, utilizing the practice that most filters gave up on years ago of blocking entirely based on the use of certain keywords. Among the keywords “blocked” are things like “ass” (which blocks usembassy.state.gov), “hot” (blocks Hotmail.com and hotels.com), “sex” (can’t get to sussex.police.uk), and “gay” (meaning no one can visit the Roman Catholic site of DioceseOfGaylord.org). Seems like a bit of a mixed message to say that they want to route around censorship – just not the kind of censorship preferred by our government.