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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Online Filtering Hurts Legitimate Websites

Online Filtering Hurts Legitimate Websites

Online Filtering Hurts Legitimate Websites

Added: Friday, May 18th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The recent report, published by the Open Rights Group and the LSE Media Policy Project, includes the list of legit websites that have been blocked because of filtering technology. According to the authors of the report, online filtering on mobile networks has lead to overblocking and can also cause some major problems for the legitimate websites if similar measures are implemented on fixed-line broadband ISP subscribers.

The report presented ten examples of incorrectly blocked websites in 2012, and insists that mobile networks in the United Kingdom can suffer from mistaken blocking. The matter is that censorship extends beyond adult sexual content since it’s difficult to determine what is appropriate.

First of all, there are two different types of over-blocking. In first case websites can be misclassified and filtered, while in second there are disputed classifications, where deciding which content should be censored requires a subjective judgment.

A number of networks believe that forums should also be blocked due to the concerns that young people can interact there with people they don’t know. On the other hand, this will also cut off education forums and peer support websites.

Among top 10 inappropriate blocks in the United Kingdom there’s a website of the French digital rights advocacy outfit, which was reported blocked on Orange’s “Safeguard” system. The list also includes a personal blog with political opinion pieces, which doesn’t contain any adult material, and St. Margarets Community Website. You might also know another suffered service – eHow.com, which is known worldwide as an advice and educational site. Finally, the service allowing people to create one-page threads to save or share from conversations on Twitter was also blocked as a clearly threatening stuff…

According to the report, the British network operators failed to provide a clear path for appealing such unfair filtering. Indeed, this may become a nightmare for legitimate businesses like clothes and underwear retailers Bravissimo and Figleaves who also got blocked!

The report in question called for the authorities to reject “default on” network censorship and instead consider the idea of providing parents with simpler choices and better, device-based instruments to protect their children from adult content.

May 18th,2012

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Date:  Friday, May 18th, 2012

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-05-18 16:43:36)
Robbin_Hood43 avatarWell SaM, this is what happens when the responsibility for children's welfare is not practiced by responsible parents which it patently is not. In the end everyone suffers because of the unwillingness of the few to carry out their parental responsibilities ... or perhaps in these times we should say it's because of the many. Societal standards have dropped greatly since I was a nipper

posted by Blocked (2012-05-18 19:49:45)
planBFleX avatarwell said

posted by Blocked (2012-05-18 19:56:41)
menahunie avatarRobbin - True.
As in other articles this keeps proving all these filters and so called torrent attack software are nothing more than software that looks for key words.. It would be funny if this scam ware sold to the idiots at MPAA and other for millions blocked them in the end..
As previously mentioned since the MPPA and RIAA and again others have all these world wide hundreds of millions to basically THROW AWAY; why do they not do the common sense approach?
They would certainly increase sales.
My opinion is when something is too expensive to people they will use other ways to obtain it.
If the item is at a price where people are more willing to pay for it; like the Walwort bargain bin at 4 to 5.00 people pay for it instead of using torrents.
I have seen the same item being sold in stores; one charges high price for more profit and has allot lower sales and in the end accumulated profit than the other store selling the same item at a lower price and lower profit; BUT accumulated sale are way higher and the profit in the end is also way higher than the other high priced store.

posted by ET lover (2012-05-19 00:13:37)
HiDefHQ avatarHow can you say that? even children are individials and will make there own decisions, even as a parent what gives you the right to rule your child, nothing! guide them in the right direction is all you can do. if you got kids i can gaurantee they have done something completly opposite to what you try to teach. it's nature to experiment/explore its a part of learning. i am in no way condoning it. i just stongly believe each person is an individual and will make there own decions based on there own ideals, peir pressure. and ark at the one who calls himself robbin hood a fable based on a thief. hi kids im gonna have a name that represents thievery but dont steal will you!. is that not irresponsible. to me it certainly shows its not just the parents. kids get there influence from older children usualy.

posted by (2012-05-20 03:53:53)
No avatar@HiDefHQ First of all teach your kids the difference between their and there. Secondly robin hood is about a thief who steals from the greedy oppressive rich and then gives to the poor. It is still wrong to steal but that's what parents are there for. To explain to the kids what it means. It is not about stealing it is about fighting for equality.
Lastly would you rather wait till you see your kids watching a pornographic video online or would you take measures as a parent to selectively choose what your kids can or cannot see? Children are individuals but they are not adults who can understand/or explain everything that they see and as a parent you are still responsible for them.

posted by Blocked (2012-05-20 17:09:56)
Crashman_123 avatar@menahunie ... a VERY good example of this occurred several years ago in 2007, when Sierra released TIMESHIFT at a price 1/3 lower than any other new release game available. The fact that it was a GOOD game, and was cheap (relatively) meant they outsold the next closest game by %50-%60 and made a higher profit than the others.

If the Music and Movie industries followed this example it would mean we wouldn't spend all our money on 1 or 2 items, and could buy more of their products. But frankly, I can't see THAT happening anytime soon!

posted by Blocked (2012-05-20 23:22:47)
skreamer avatarLOL Responsibility, societal standards and no thievery on ET? Noooooo.

posted by Blocked (2012-05-20 23:25:57)
skreamer avatar"as a parent what gives you the right to rule your child, nothing! "

That's frightening. Kids need years to interpret right from wrong, good and bad. They NEED to be ruled. That's what things like movie Certification are about ie age based ideas that the movie will be correctly understood.

posted by (2012-05-21 01:53:45)
hrg avatardirect download - p2p - bittorrent ... its just a matter of wait and see what the next step it, sooner or later they will spam out existing methods an we'll get something new.

posted by (2012-05-24 20:58:02)
No avatarAnother attack to internet freedom... don't know about you guys, but when I was 14 years old I use to have access to playboy mags, private mags, blue movies Etc. Some I use to get from friends that staled magazines from there dad's, some I use get from shops and some times I find mags in the streets... ( seriously ). And that was BEFORE the internet really started... the only thing different to day, is that kids use a keyword and a monitor.

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