Please read this and sign the petition against unnecessary “blanket” web filters that look set to block esoteric websites and web forums here in the UK, according to information obtained by the Open Rights Group.
The Prime Minister recently announced the move to introduce legislation that will force ISPs to create default filters when people sign up for internet services. This is being touted as a move to stop pornographic and extremist material from getting through to end users, including vulnerable children.
Yet, what is extremely worrying, and not yet widely known, is that the Prime Minister’s internet filters will be about more than just hardcore pornography.
Open Rights Group, which campaigns for digital freedoms, has had the opportunity to speak to some of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that will be constructing Cameron’s content filters, discovering that a host of other categories will be on the block list, including “esoteric material” and “web forums”.
This should ring alarm bells for most of us! How can “esoteric material” and “web forums” be grouped with pornography and extremist sites?