UK censorwall will also block "terrorist content," "violence," "circumvention tools," "forums," and more

UK PM David Cameron and Claire Perry say that they plan on forcing Britain's ISPs to have a "default-on" censorship app for every connection in the UK. But the UK Open Rights Group have been talking with whistleblowers from the ISPs that have met with the government's censorship grandees, and they report that the censorware will come equipped to block an enormous swath of legal Internet content, and unless you untick the boxes, this will all be censored for your Internet connection:

Do you want to block

☑ pornography
☑ violent material
☑ extremist and terrorist related content
☑ anorexia and eating disorder websites
☑ suicide related websites
☑ alcohol
☑ smoking
☑ web forums
☑ esoteric material
☑ web blocking circumvention tools

You may be saying to yourself, hell, how are they going to be able to sort out which websites are unacceptably pornographic, let alone which sites are "smoking" related? That's a damned good question, and the answer is "with the broadest brush possible." Huge chunks of the Internet will be effectively unreachable, and which sites go into the censorship bucket will be decided upon in secret, by unelected employees of big corporations, like China's Huawei. Sure, you can untick the box if you want, but as David Cameron's advisors will tell you, defaults are powerful and most users never change them.

Sleepwalking into censorship

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  1. What the hell is "esoteric material"??

  2. the internet

  3. I think you meant "will attempt to block"

  4. xzzy says:

    Pretty sure the various governments around the world are having a contest to see who can piss off the greatest percentage of their citizens without actually inciting riots.

    It's the only rational explanation I can come up with anyway.

    (the prize for victory is a completely submissive population)

  5. Ok... I can see how one could construe "potential", but not actual relevance.

    Noting of course, that the Talk-Talk system is merely part of an equipment + managed service offering by Huawei for that one service provider; NOT part of CEOP... the UK government version which was being discussed.

    Does this mean we would prefer Ericsson to run such a system from their managed service? ...the Swedes seem to have a much more relaxed and liberal viewpoint, ...or perhaps Alcatel-Lucent for the French version? Cisco, of course, would be caught between Hollywood and the Puritan Ethic.

    The point being that ALL of these companies make, sell, and manage deep-packet inspection systems of various sizes and shapes.

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