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UK Anti-Porn Politician Has Site Blocked By Porn Filters

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The UK’s conservative government recently required internet service providers (ISPs) to offer unpopular opt-in web filters, to stop children “stumbling across hardcore legal pornography” in the words of Prime Minister David Cameron. Not only have the filters been quickly undermined, but reports are flowing in that they are blocking many non-pornography sites, including charities and the website of a politician who pushed for the filters.

The Independent reports that the personal website of MP Claire Perry is blocked under 02′s Parental Control-level block, in addition to the general UK government and Parliament sites and that of the British Library. Perry campaigned heavily for the filters; the homepage of her website includes a video entitled “‘Pornification’ of society: discussion.”

The filters also reportedly block charities including several that battle child abuse, including ChildLine, Samaritans, and the NSPCC.

Just a week after the filters were introduced, a Chrome extension (called “Go Away Cameron”) was introduced which was capable of circumventing them.

Also, at least one tech writer has argued that controversy over the filters has been overblown. Willard Foxton at The Telegraph writes that the filters allow for a whitelist of approved sites, and that he had no problem accessing plenty of controversial sites while using other settings of the filters.

[via Forbes]

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