UK's Great Firewall of Cameron blocks sexual health, rape crisis centre, sex ed sites


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#2

Blocking crisis centers is one of the only things to get me frothing mad. Why is this guy still in charge? Doesn’t England have some sort of confidence vote? You know what’s more important than keeping pornography out of the hands of people? Pretty much everything else. Especially the food problem where a lot of British people are going hungry. But I guess feeding people isn’t a moral imperative to this chucklefuck.


#3

You mean exactly what anyone who knows anything about the web said was going to happen happened, despite the politicians saying that they would make sure it doesn’t?


#4

The one saving grace of the fact that this is happening in Limeyville is that we probably won’t have some bible-thumping asshole get up to defend the situation on the grounds that a system that blocks sex ed, resources for victims of sexual violence, and pornography is pretty much exactly the “Traditional Family Values” that they were looking for.


#5

only a matter of time til you get it too


#6

We certainly have our nutjob brigade (like the fine folks at CP80, who apparently couldn’t be bothered to choose an acronym that doesn’t collide with the common shorthand for child porn…); but they seem to have made surprisingly little headway, despite the plague of ‘values voters’, compared to, say, the Copy Cops, who appear to be just sending their demands to the legislature for rubber stamping at this point.

Also, for whatever reason (possibly even a crude facsimile of empiricism, if that idea can be believed…) moral panic appears to have shifted from The Horrors Of Smut to The Terrors of Cyber-Bullying.

It honestly surprises me that (as the country that absolutely pegs the needle on crass, authoritarian religiosity among allegedly advanced nations) the US internet hasn’t been more widely cracked down on; but so far, porn has gone largely unscathed.


#7

and none of the UK sheep (aka citizens) thinks about the real reason for the firewall, to have a mechanism in place to control people and deny information in case of civil unrest. Just like China, Iran, and many more … comparable countries.


#8

Copy Cop.

Hey mind if i borrow that one?

As for the rest. I’m sorry I’m not as articulate but other users have already made awesome points. I"m just wondering how long til it gets across the pond over here. Perhaps with incintives for insurance or teleco carriers or something so people could in theory opt out but their rates go through the roof.


#10

CP80? Wasn’t he the robo-butler in Star Wars?


#11

The tories have a stronger vested interest in pushing the agenda on all the consorship / tracking / spying on you peeing activity.

Their job is to knit together the power-pockets of the country, to ensure the wealthy are protected from competition.

It’s really, really, really stupid. It’s 16th century politics, it’s 11th century, whatever, but it is not useful, to progress, society, even the very people they’re trying to shore up.

I welcome with open arms the evolvelution, the disruption, the chaos that will be generated when a hoard of individuals finally cracks simultaneously the manufacturing, coding, all economic activities, to circumvent the established order and leave them crying tears into their Dom Perignon.

Don’t get me wrong - I love champagne (rarely drink though, anything - too busy fomenting the revolution) - but the thought that a bright, capable, driven 13 year old in a local government school is destined for a life of grim uncertainty and criminal vergings simply infuriates me, and makes me hate on anything and everyone playing any part whatsoever in that pre-destination.

May that 13 year old and his / her cohorts rise up and simply overwhelm the established disorder, the gangrenous, dysfunctional, unoptimal current ‘status’, and may every individual at every stage of life, economy, location, may they all do the same.

And may the good lord, or Doctor Who, or whoever, bless us with future leadership that celebrates diversity and opportunity, progress and equity, a good life for all.

If I hit that firewall while urgently seeking assistance on an important matter, and it slows me down, I’m going to get very, very cross indeed. nick clegg lives a mile away - I shall knock on his door and have a word.


#12

And now you can get a Chrome plugin to automatically circumnavigate the Great Firewall of Cameron.

http://goawaycameron.co.uk/


#13

Yup. As usual.

What we need is some tech-aware MP to ask Cameron that very same question at Prime Minister’s Questions. But I’m not sure we have any.


#14

Nah, they exported most of their Christian extremists to the colonies that would later become the USA in the 1600s. Explains a lot, doesn’t it?


#15

Thank you, that link will be useful. Not because I live in the UK. Not because I surf for porn. But because I’ve engaged in arguments here in Canada about why we shouldn’t have similar legislation. My arguments were basically A) because stuff that isn’t porn will also be blocked B) because things that are porn won’t be blocked and C) because someone will find away around it within a week and make it available to any one else that wants it. Do I want’ my daughter (who is nine) exposed to the worst the internet has to offer? Hell no. But I tackle that by keeping family computers in public parts of the house and keeping an open dialog with her about what web pages she goes to. Good parenting > imposed “safety” nets.


#16

I am of the opinion we should have furnished them with a far less sturdy boat. Sorry about that…


#17

Never mind.


#18

Tip for firewall victims:

It only applies to consumer grade broadband.

If you cough for a business package (which, to be fair, you won’t get for less than £20 a month – consumer packages start at a bit less than half that) you’re probably safe. I have a BT Business Broadband (fibre-to-kerb) set-up: no net nanny here. BT’s implementation of the Cameronwall runs on the crappy free router they give domestic subscribers. This suggests that a simple firmware swap – or a third-party ADSL modem – would be enough to fix the censorbot, at least for now.

Because the Tories are addicted to their free market uber alles ideology, they can’t stomach the idea of the government running a censorwall; they had to lean on the ISPs to do so. The ISPs are not idiots, and will do the minimum necessary to mime compliance unless the government holds a gun to their head – which is more likely under Labour, unfortunately. (The Tories rely on big corporate donations to keep their party afloat; I doubt they’ll piss off the ISPs and telcos lightly.)

(How Virgin cable modem customers deal with the fact that Virgin have a total monopoly on cable modems in the UK is another matter. Frankly, I think they’re fucked …)


#19

Why is “addiction” in quotes?


#20

Holy crap, I pay 60 bucks a month for my internet and I don’t get fiber.


#21

Fine if you’re somebody with some agency; if you’re some depressed teen with full-on identity drama (and we forget how dramatic it was back then), the thing is a rap on the nose and OI PERVERT, STOP DOING THAT.

It’s a step back to the bloody 1950s.

Sneakiness: this is private filtering companies contracted by private telcos, “strongly encouraged” by the gov. You’ll see the Powers That Be sliding away from any blame smooth as a greased [REDACTED].