Cameron's 'porn filters' being used to stifle drugs debate?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-tracy/uk-porn-filters-are-censo_b_5564553.html
This January, under government pressure, many of the United Kingdom’s internet service providers (ISPs) — together providing over 90 percent of the country’s home broadband connections — turned on “porn filters” for all of their customers, requiring them to actively turn off the filters to view any content deemed unsuitable.

Expecting our political website to easily avoid filters intended to block obscenity, I almost didn’t believe it when the tool showed it was blocked by four ISPs.

To make sure SSDP being blocked wasn’t a fluke, I ran the websites for eight other leading U.S. and UK drug policy reform organizations through ORG’s tool. All but one were blocked by at least one ISP, and most by many more:

  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy: blocked by four
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: blocked by four
  • Drug Policy Alliance: blocked by zero
  • National Cannabis Industry Association: blocked by three
  • Marijuana Policy Project: blocked by two
  • NORML: blocked by three
  • Americans for Safe Access: blocked by six
  • Marijuana Majority: blocked by three
  • Transform Drug Policy Foundation: blocked by two
  • Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform: blocked by four
I happened to catch this article earlier today. Unless I'm missing something, it's pretty worrying.
 
Probably only the very tip of the iceberg.

Unforeseen consequences or something more sinister? Your level of tinfoil hatness will be the judge.
 
Unless they have changed it since orange turned it on by accident on my phone almost everything is blocked. Arrse was as was my local sheffieldforum (orange said anything with user generated content was blocked as someone could post porn so a forum about baking cakes would be banned in case Dorris lost the plot and posted a selfie of her ladyparts with arecipe for a Victoria sponge')
 
I can't say I've noticed anything being blocked to be honest.
 

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Unless they have changed it since orange turned it on by accident on my phone almost everything is blocked.
Just install an alternative browser on your phone and the (internet) world is your oyster. No need to explain to Orange regarding your tastes in inter-racial midget goat bdsm.
 
Just install an alternative browser on your phone and the (internet) world is your oyster. No need to explain to Orange regarding your tastes in inter-racial midget goat bdsm.
Not quite. You need to tell them you're a big boy and don't mind looking at boobies. But there's no "proof" element required, literally just a tick in a box.

Nowt to do with Cameron either Orange UK have been like that for years.
 
Just install an alternative browser on your phone and the (internet) world is your oyster. No need to explain to Orange regarding your tastes in inter-racial midget goat bdsm.
Lmao. I had to have the 'give me my porn back you bastards' convo as I use an iPhone and to apple using anything not apple is verboten and heresy so alternative browsers are not an option unless you want tarring and feathering in a sleek minimalist expensive way.
 
Hotspot Shield gets round that sort of nonsense quite nicely. Even lets me watch porn on the issue wifi. One frame at a time but still, little victories, eh?

Other programs of similar ability are available.
 
I use privateinternetaccess. Not sure that I'd trust it if I wanted to break the law but it's sufficient to prevent casual snooping and automated lawsuits, and gives a good level of protection if someone decides they "want you done" for a remark you anonymously posted on an Internet forum...

It also runs automatically in the background and doesn't seem to impact connection speed.
 

Mattb

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On O2 I had to prove my age using a credit card, and using an alternative browser didn't help (Chrome, iOS).

Not even to do anything particularly pornographic, just wanted to buy some sex toys.


Talking out of my bum, via a mobile telephone.
 
I use privateinternetaccess. Not sure that I'd trust it if I wanted to break the law but it's sufficient to prevent casual snooping and automated lawsuits, and gives a good level of protection if someone decides they "want you done" for a remark you anonymously posted on an Internet forum...

It also runs automatically in the background and doesn't seem to impact connection speed.
Same works with TOR.
 
Tor can provide near-perfect security; but it's very slow and not practical for everyday use.
I don't watch porn every day, well yes I might do but I don't mind waiting a while. I also don't find it that slow, it varies.
 
Tor can provide near-perfect security; but it's very slow and not practical for everyday use.
I would no longer rely solely on TOR for security.
 
Reasonable evidence to suggest its been roundly compromised. Check reports from March this year or later.
 
One of MS guys has said it's effectively blown, which you could possibly overlook, but there's a hack group doing the cons demonstrating the process supposedly.
 
We'll wait and see, I don't do anything illegal, (unsavoury maybe or sites that the establishment may not be happy about) so I have nothing to worry about.
 

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