O2 filtering the entire internet?

If you use O2 as your ISP, and set filtering to “Parental Controls”, you would not be able to read this. That’s because O2′s web filtering deems the domain kalyr.com to be unsuitable for children.

O2 also blocks the children’s charity childline.com, and as has been pointed out, there is absolutely no non-abusive reason why any parent would want their child to be unable to access that site.

In fact, as far as I can tell, O2′s Parental Controls block pretty much the entire internet. Even Cbeebies! There may be a handful of children’s sites they’ve whitelisted, but everything else appears blocked. I strongly suspect, as do many others, that they’re deliberately overblocking in order to create a customer backlash and discredit the ISP-level filterng they never wanted to have to implement in the first place.

The whole idea of mandatory ISP-level filtering is a deeply flawed idea driven by technologically-illiterate politicians in response to a moral panic stirred up by the tabloid press, aided and abetted by shadowy fundamentalist groups. The fact that blocks allegedly intended to restrict access to porn sites also block sex education and LGBT activist sites does suggest that last group’s agenda is being followed here.

And don’t forget, while the tabloid headlines shriek “Won’t somebody please think of the children”, the real agenda is much more sinister. It’s all about restricting what adults can access. And that covers an ever-expanding list of things the powerful don’t want us see. That’s potentially dangerous for democracy; when they’re following the lead of China’s political censorship, we have every reason not to trust them.

O2′s blocking childline.com is a still dick move, though, whatever their motivation.

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One Response to O2 filtering the entire internet?

  1. Andrew Deacon says:

    BT have classified church website as streaming. email to them has been both acknowledged and rejected !! It would also appear I have no right of appeal against decision of someone probably based in US or India “BT or its third party supplier will not enter into correspondence regarding this investigation”. They’ve only launched recently for new customers so it’s only really going to hit the fan into January. I’ve been puzzled about some of the classifications – I’ve just allowed them since I’m not website owner. I’ve had to use a package called Fiddler to trace some apps and work out which sites they’re using in the background since BT don’t tell you about those.

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