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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To Be Or Not To Be Filtered?

I am gemused to see that Nanny's plans for filtering the internet of all "vile filth and debauchery" (as defined by her) have been proven to be absurd, as per a wee incident that occurred in the British Library the other day.

Mark Frosyth, an author, was researching Hamlet for a book that he is writing and needed to check a line from it using the library's wi-fi network.

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that's right, he was denied access to an online version of Shakespeare's Hamlet because the text contained "violent content".

The British Library said the fault was caused by a newly installed wi-fi service from a third-party provider.

A spokesperson for the British Library, as per the BBC, said Hamlet had since been made accessible.
"The upgraded service has a web filter to ensure that inappropriate content cannot be viewed on-site.

We've received feedback from a number of users about sites which were blocked, but shouldn't have been. We're in the process of tweaking the service to unblock these sites."
The British Library defended its position, saying that it wanted to protect children visiting the building from content "such as pornography and gambling websites".

That's all very well and dandy, but the point of the British Library is to have an accessible record of everything that is legal. In fact, ever since 2011, the British Library has been archiving all my sites for future generations of researchers etc.

On the subject of debauchery etc, that seems to vex Cameron and others, I wonder if he and his internet filtering chums have ever read the Bible?

I ask because it contains a veritable smorgasbord of debauchery, lust, rape, sex, sodomy, violence and the sin of Onan (the modern day equivalent practised by some users of the net casting their seed upon their keyboards).

Will Cameron and the British Library be filtering the Bible?

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  1. Romeo & Juliet, King Lear and the Sottish play are a bit messy, too, but the last should perhaps be distilled rather than filtered.

  2. Howard12:41 AM

    Best one so far r/e takedowns is reported by the BBC; their own Radio Times site got blocked by ISP's after the Premierleague attempted to have certain pirate websites blocked/removed. Tee hee. Oh, and everyone searching for that particular pirate site in Google or Bing will come across dozens more. You couldn't make it up. You really couldn't.