British Charities Discover Web Filters Don't Work

from the figuring-it-out dept

A number of British children’s charities are complaining that some ISPs in the country aren’t using the Internet Watch Foundation’s blacklist to “block” access to child porn. Firms providing some 5% of the country’s broadband connections haven’t implemented the blacklist, either because they recognize that it doesn’t work, or because of the expense. Keep in mind this is the same blacklist that blocked Wikipedia and screwed up UK edits of the site, and also blocked the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. The charities say that households connected by the non-conforming ISPs have “easy access” to child porn, but given the long history of filters and blacklists of not actually working, it’s hard to imagine that the filters have a significant effect beyond breaking access to noninfringing content. There’s no doubt that child porn is reprehensible, but by presenting the blacklist as the be-all, end-all solution, these charities risk pulling attention and resources away from better solutions. After all, blocking consumption of child porn seems a less satisfying solution than working to stop its production.

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:Lobo Santo says:

EZ access...

Fuck, you’d think these people were under the impression that without adequate filters, antivirus software, and a MI6 agent–as soon as you connect to the internet your computer is just over-run and overflowing with child pornography!

I have neither filters nor a secret agent; and yet I also have no child porn!! Of course, I’ll check again tonight, yah never know.

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Mark Rosedale (profile) says:

Is Child Porn that prevalent in UK?

Man I don’t know, but I am pretty sure that my ISP in US is not blocking any of those sites and I blissfully avoid them every time I am on the internet. I think child porn is reprehensibly, but is it so prevalent in their society that it warrants a universal block aid of it? Not everyone on the internet is a nefarious lowlife. Stop treating them like kids and go after the real problem (which is to say go after the nefarious lowlifes).

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