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About | Demo | Results |
Policy
How filters censor the internet
Richard King
richard@openrightsgroup.org
@graphiclunarkid
...
Defensibility (shades of grey)
The motte and bailey of Clough Castle
© Eric Jones (License: CC-BY-SA)
What is censored
and...
Criminal
content
Defensibility (shades of grey)
Criminal
content Infringing content
(e.g. © or ™)
Defensibility (shades of grey)
Criminal
content Infringing content
(e.g. © or ™)
Legal content
Defensibility (shades of grey)
How web-filters work politically
Good websites Bad websites
How web-filters really work
Good websites
Bad websites
Problems with web-filters
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Overblocking (and underblocking)
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False sense of security
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Categories that are unnecessary o...
Problems with web-filters
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No effective oversight of blocking
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Complaints are dealt with badly
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Monitoring censorship i...
www.blocked.org.uk
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Free software - github.com/openrightsgroup
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Built by ORG's technical volunteers
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Sponsored by Bytem...
Demo time!
Our Findings
Or what we learnt from blocked.org.uk that we
didn’t know before
Presented through the medium of Powerpoint
Our Findings
Our Findings
Our Findings
Our Findings
Top UK ISPs
BT 33%
Sky Broadband 23%
Virgin Media 20%
TalkTalk 18%
Other 5%
Our Findings
Our Findings
Our Findings
"I can't see how blocking our website is
making anything any safer. It's making it
less safe because people c...
Our Findings
UN Special Rapporteur's report on children's rights
and freedom of expression
“The result of vague and broad definitions o...
Official site-unblocking method
Reporting overblocking
"BT is committed to working with all stakeholders
to minimise instances of over-blocking. All our
c...
About | Demo | Results |
Policy
Thank you! Any questions?
Richard King
richard@openrightsgroup.org
@graphiclunarkid
Ruth C...
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How filters censor the internet

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A talk about the blocked.org.uk project, explaining the background and reasons behind the campaign, the site itself, and the results we've found since launching it.

Presented by Ruth Coustick-Deal and myself at ORGCon 2014

Published in: Internet
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How filters censor the internet

  1. 1. About | Demo | Results | Policy How filters censor the internet Richard King richard@openrightsgroup.org @graphiclunarkid Ruth Coustick-Deal ruth@openrightsgroup.org @nesient www.blocked.org.uk
  2. 2. Defensibility (shades of grey) The motte and bailey of Clough Castle © Eric Jones (License: CC-BY-SA) What is censored and why?
  3. 3. Criminal content Defensibility (shades of grey)
  4. 4. Criminal content Infringing content (e.g. © or ™) Defensibility (shades of grey)
  5. 5. Criminal content Infringing content (e.g. © or ™) Legal content Defensibility (shades of grey)
  6. 6. How web-filters work politically Good websites Bad websites
  7. 7. How web-filters really work Good websites Bad websites
  8. 8. Problems with web-filters ● Overblocking (and underblocking) ● False sense of security ● Categories that are unnecessary or too broad ● Wrong people get filtering
  9. 9. Problems with web-filters ● No effective oversight of blocking ● Complaints are dealt with badly ● Monitoring censorship is hard ● No way for website owners to check who is blocking them
  10. 10. www.blocked.org.uk ● Free software - github.com/openrightsgroup ● Built by ORG's technical volunteers ● Sponsored by Bytemark, Andrews & Arnold ● Checks whether your site is blocked on – All UK mobile networks – Most UK home broadband networks ● Collects reports of filtering failures ● Advises on correcting inappropriate blocks
  11. 11. Demo time!
  12. 12. Our Findings Or what we learnt from blocked.org.uk that we didn’t know before Presented through the medium of Powerpoint
  13. 13. Our Findings
  14. 14. Our Findings
  15. 15. Our Findings
  16. 16. Our Findings
  17. 17. Top UK ISPs BT 33% Sky Broadband 23% Virgin Media 20% TalkTalk 18% Other 5%
  18. 18. Our Findings
  19. 19. Our Findings
  20. 20. Our Findings "I can't see how blocking our website is making anything any safer. It's making it less safe because people can't access the required help” Brian Cowie Manager and Senior Recovery Support Practitioner at Aberdeen based charity, Alchohol Support
  21. 21. Our Findings
  22. 22. UN Special Rapporteur's report on children's rights and freedom of expression “The result of vague and broad definitions of harmful information, for example in determining how to set Internet filters, can prevent children from gaining access to information that can support them to make informed choices, including honest, objective and age-appropriate information about issues such as sex education and drug use.”
  23. 23. Official site-unblocking method
  24. 24. Reporting overblocking "BT is committed to working with all stakeholders to minimise instances of over-blocking. All our categorisation is done by our third party specialist supplier. Sites that are believed to be incorrectly blocked by BT Parental Controls can be reported by e-mail to categorisation@bt.com. We will then investigate them with our supplier.”
  25. 25. About | Demo | Results | Policy Thank you! Any questions? Richard King richard@openrightsgroup.org @graphiclunarkid Ruth Coustick-Deal ruth@openrightsgroup.org @nesient www.blocked.org.uk

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