UK Government Begins Work on Porn Blocking Filter Whitelist for Legitimate Sites
January 31, 2014 9:32 AM
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Sites that don't have inappropriate content are being filtered now
Back in December, we mentioned that some overzealous pornography filters in the UK that were meant to keep kids from seeing pornographic materials were
flagging some legitimate and non-porn related sites
. Specifically, the filters were blocking a number of sites for charities and sex education in the filter.
The UK government is trying to unblock these legitimate sites with the creation of a website whitelist. Many of the sites on the list are run by charities that want to educate kids about health, sex, and drug addiction.
The government wants to set up a system that will let any website that thinks it is being blocked wrongly to tell the ISP their story and perhaps be added to the whitelist.
"Research suggests the amount of inadvertent blocking is low," said David Miles, who chairs the working group on over-blocking for the government's UK Council for Child Internet Safety.
Miles has been working with research on accidental blocking by the filters and visiting the charities to determine how to get the filters to block pornographic material without blocking the legitimate sites.
The list will be shared with ISPs that run the network level filters to ensure these sites are viewable.
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1/31/2014 3:59:49 PM
Actually, I think this is the way forward. Right now when I do a Google search, there are a lot of irrelevant hits which would be pretty easy to filter out by category. If there were a huge database of categories.
Most annoying are all the shopping sites. I want to find a review of an Asus laptop so I search for it. The vast majority of hits are for sites selling the Asus laptop with a line saying "be the first to review this laptop." If there were a simple checkbox you could click so that Google would exclude shopping sites for that search, it would probably be their most popular feature ever. Same thing if I want to find a journal paper, or a blog, or a newspaper article (Google News only works for recent stories). The ability to filter in or out websites based on category would be immensely useful. Heck it'd even be useful for people looking for porn. If a sex tape of a famous actress gets out and you wanted to find it, you could filter for only porn sites. That would cut out the gazillion news stories about her sex tape getting out.
Withholding information from the people is bad. Giving people more information (as this filter does by classifying which sites are porn) is good. As long as the people are allowed to control what they do with that information.
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