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Report Highlights 10 Sites Unfairly Blocked By UK Mobile Internet Censorship 94

Mark.JUK writes "The Open Rights Group (ORG), which works to raise awareness of digital rights and civil liberties issues, has published a new report that examines the impact of internet censorship on UK mobile networks and lists an example of 10 legitimate websites that often get unfairly blocked (PDF) by adult content filters (over-blocking). The study is important because similar measures could soon be forced upon fixed-line broadband ISP subscribers by the UK government. Some of the allegedly unfair blocks include censorship of the 'Tor' system, a privacy tool used by activists and campaigners across the globe, and the website of French 'digital rights' advocacy group 'La Quadrature du Net.'"
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Report Highlights 10 Sites Unfairly Blocked By UK Mobile Internet Censorship

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 14, 2012 @03:33PM (#39998247)

    ... and nothing of value was lost.

    that is truly one of the worst sites on the web, cluttering up every coders google searches with it's spammy SEO paywall.

  • by Galestar ( 1473827 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @03:55PM (#39998467) Homepage
    Manage Blocked Sites: []
    I've had Experts Exchange blocked for years now.
  • Re:Tor... (Score:5, Informative)

    by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @03:56PM (#39998471)

    What Tor is is a network allowing for file exchange which makes it impossible or very difficult to tell the identity of the file sharers

    Who told you that? Tor is an anonymity system for TCP/IP, which is primarily used for HTTP. It is frequently used to defeat national firewalls in countries like China and the UK; it is no surprise that these countries try to block it. It is embarrassing that a member of the free world is resorting to the tactics that we see out of China, but that is sort of the point of TFA.

  • The 10 blocked sites (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 14, 2012 @03:58PM (#39998489)

    1. ‘Tor’ ( We established that the primary website of this privacy tool (meaning the HTTP version of the Tor Project website, rather than connections to the Tor network) was blocked on at least Vodafone, O2 and Three in January.

      2. La Quadrature du Net ( The website of this French ‘digital rights’ advocacy group was reported blocked on Orange’s ‘Safeguard’ system on 2nd February. La 13 Quadrature du Net has become one of the focal points for European civil society’s political engagement with an important international treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
      The block was removed shortly after we publicised the blocking.

        3. was reported blocked on 15th February 2012 on Orange. This is a blog that features items that can be placed on a shelf.

        4. was reported on 7th February, and was blocked on Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile. This is a personal blog featuring political opinion pieces. It does not contain any adult content.

        5. The Vault Bar ( in London. We established that the home page of this bar was blocked on Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile on 6th February.

        6. St Margarets Community Website (, is a community information site ‘created by a group of local residents of St Margarets, Middlesex.’ Their ‘mission is simple - help foster a stronger community identity.’ We established it was blocked on Orange and T-Mobile on 8th March.

        7. is an advice and educational site. It provides tutorials on a wide range of everyday issues, from ‘navigating after-school care’ to ‘small space garden tips’. We established it was blocked on Orange on 9th March.

        8. Biased-BBC ( is a site that challenges the BBC’s impartiality. We established it was blocked on
    O2 and T-Mobile on 5th March. It is classified as a ‘hate site’ by O2’s URL checker

        9. is the home page of a graphic designer, offering a portfolio of his art and design work. This was found to be
    blocked on Three and Orange on 6th February.

        10. allows users to create one-page threads to save or share from conversations on Twitter. This site was
    blocked on Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile on 15th February.

    (Posting anon to avoid karma-whoring)

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