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by Jonathan Rothwell

[LINK] Orange porn filter censors ALL blogs

Here’s why mandating an on-by-default porn filter for internet service providers is a slippery slope:

Over the last month or so, I’ve been documenting the process we’ve been going through after we discovered that Orange — one of Britain’s biggest mobile operators — was overblocking GigaOM and preventing mobile readers from accessing our site. We did manage to get the block lifted, but what became even more frustrating than the overblock itself was trying to understand why it had happened.

But now, it turns out, we may have an actual answer — and it’s proof positive of the totally ludicrous, crude nature of the filtering that goes on.

Here’s the bottom line: Orange’s child protection filter, Safeguard, simply prevents people from reading anything that looks like a blog.

I suppose I can add that to the list of reasons Orange doesn’t have my custom.

Imagine this being implemented on home internet connections. It would, in a nutshell, result in a two-tier internet.

Sinister.