Sky Broadband parental filter blocks jquery

The parental filter on Sky Broadband, one of the largest ISPs in the UK, blocked jquery, the widely used Javascript library, without which many websites cease to operate. While the block was in place, Sky advised customers that they could get the Web back by disabling the filter, or switching off the "phishing/malware" category.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has unilaterally decreed that these parental filters will soon be switched on by default for all broadband customers in the UK. But don't worry, the Great Firewall of Cameron won't make any mistakes, because the PM has decreed that Web companies must:

a) Censor all the bad things, but;

b) Don't censor the good things.

Whew, that's a relief.

code.jquery.com may not sound like a mainstream website, as it is really aimed at web and javascript developers but it is pretty common for websites to link to the released javascript (.js) files for jquery and a host of other tools on jquery.com as the site is a CDN for these files, the result being that it is possible many sites may not be performing as expected today.

The advice appears to be for Sky customers to log into their web account, and in the Sky Broadband Shield section turn off the Phishing/Malware filter, or alternatively disable the shield completely.

Sky parental controls break jquery website [Andrew Ferguson/Think Broadband]

(Thanks, Dave!)

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  1. Last year my corporate whitelist didn't include a local site I needed to do my work. I don't really expect HQ to know about every local database, but I needed it anyway. So I asked my manager, who probably couldn't modify the whitelist, and he promised to send a request "up the chain of command."

    Naturally, nothing ever happened. But they prevented me from playing Farmville, so that's a big plus.

  2. I don't do much web development...but when I do, I use jquery. Seriously, that's a well-known tool, how or why would they block it? Ah, checked the linked site:
    Update 5:30pm Our enquiry with Sky has elicited a response "“JQuery was temporary blocked this morning having been misclassified. Our review process kicked in shortly afterwards and the site was unblocked just over an hour later."

    But hey, no biggie, right? I'm afraid this is where my trollishness takes over, at least in terms of dealing with Corporations. If they have an outage for undisclosed reasons, or reasons I don't find sufficient, they get a bill of some sort. It may not be a bill for much, and nobody has ever paid up (although I've gotten some good responses here and there in return), but I figure the first moment I miss a payment or otherwise don't meet their requirements they're sure to bill me. Quid pro quo.

  3. A couple of jobs back I was working on the travel insurance section of a large uk supermarkets website. Once any updates were made we had to send one guy home to check all was well on the live site as the company blocked the clients site.

    It was company policy that the site was blocked and this couldn't be changed as it would lead to "increased time wasting". My resignation speech for that jobs was and I quote "FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU ALL"

  4. You know that the real reason you wanted to have it unblocked was so you could waste time by looking at groceries.

  5. Looks like they blocked jquery's site so if you used a local copy for your app, it would have been ok. I've seen tons of pros and cons to using jquery from a CDN version versus having a local copy but looks like this tilts things a little in favor of local copy.

    I left two jobs right around the time they started filtering internet access. I didn't leave because of that, but it is one of those policies that seems to come hand in hand with lots of other foot shooting policies. Now I see it as a red flag that some management drone doesn't have enough to do and is looking for something that can be claimed as a business success during their performance review.

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