26 July 2013

Cameron and his Shitwall

So yet again, we have yet another internet control policy, disguised with the "Protect the Children" wrapper.

I'm not entirely sure what part of Cam's brain thought this through, to be honest with you.

(If you're not aware, some articles on the topic:

But if you're not in the mood to read through those links.. Basically, "Adult" websites will be blocked at an ISP level in order to prevent children seeing porn. I'd imagine anything with sexual content would immediately get blocked. Which - rightfully so - has wound up everyone and Cam himself has backed down a bit.

I'm taking this moment while he's backing down to throw that last rotten apple at his stupid smug face.

Just look at it.

Attempting to block Adult content on a huge scale like this is obviously going to cause some problems logistically, but I'm not a networking wiz, so I'll refrain from talking about that to prevent myself looking like a massive tit.

The Great Shit Wall of Cameron will block Sexual content, unless you call your ISP and opt-out of the filter.
This seems like a pretty fair practice in theory. In theory being the key phrase there.

Have you ever wanted to just call a random person on the phone and say "Yes, I like to watch porn, just thought I'd let you know!"?
Didn't think so.

Now, it isn't just your typical porn sites getting blocked. It's anything that could contain sexual content.

Reddit's /r/GoneWild could potentially disable reddit by default
Because of the amount of NSFW blogs on Tumblr, that could be gone too

And I'm only just getting started.

My point being, any amount of sites which lots of people use quite innocently will be blocked because a section of the website is used as a NSFW host.

As an example of what Cameron hopes to Implement with his shitwall, here's a system he praised - TalkTalk's "HomeSafe" filter.

See that?
That is what the HomeSafe can filter.

Now obviously, Cam's shitwall won't block all of those by default - otherwise the entire internet will just be blocked. But it's a good example of what Cam doesn't like.

I'm not going to get screechy conspiracy theorist like a lot of people are getting like, screaming about slippery slopes and chinese firewalls.  (Just thought I'd throw that in - Previous few paragraphs felt a bit OTT)

But here's the thing, Dave.
Children are going to see porn. There's no ifs or buts (heh, butts) about it. If a kid accidentally stumbles his way across a "Content Blocked" filter, and then gets it in their head that they want to see this thing, they will find their way around it.

I used to do it in School - When the IT Admin decided to block "Stickdeath.com", we all found a way around it. When they blocked Miniclip, we found a way around it. You couldn't stop us playing or watching silly little flash games in "Computing Club"

But, what about Pornography or Adult content off the internet? Dave already said he would not ban Page 3 from The Sun newspaper

The only time you will see me post gratuitous titties on this blog.

If this isn't adult content, Cam, I don't know what is.

Anyone - and I mean anyone - can buy The Sun. What do you want me to do? Call the police every time I pick up a copy of The Sun?

But what makes this filter even more infuriating is that it was recently revealed that Chinese IT security company Huawei is in charge of TalkTalk's HomeSafe filter.

The USA and Canada have both expressed desire to never use this company due to it's "alleged" links to the Chinese Government. (The USA no longer has room to criticise because of its recent NSA widespread spying scandal)

But here's the kicker. This filter, while is currently Opt-in (And any ISP can set a filter if you call up and ask for one!) has traffic filtered through Huawei's systems anyway!

Customers who do not want filtering still have their traffic routed through the system, but matches to Huawei's database are dismissed rather than acted upon

So if some nosy techie at Huawei wanted to have a peek at what you were looking at, even if you weren't filtered, he could probably have a look at it anyway.

So here's my open letter to David Cameron, The Daily Mail and anyone who thinks that this Widespread mandatory filter is a great idea:

I appreciate that you are concerned about children and their activities on the internet, but blocking the entire country's internet into an opt-out system is a terrible idea, but logistically, this is a fucking terrible idea.

Children are destructively curious, and incredibly quick to learn creatures, (As well as bloody invincible) - If they can't get to the page they want, they will go to a proxy and get at it anyway. And if they can't get at those, they will go for TOR. And you do not want your children on TOR. While it can be used to browse the Internet anonymously,  It's also pretty much the only way to get into the "Dark Net" (Which sounds fucking hilarious to me - Like some kind of Nega-Internet) but it's actually a hive of villainy. Drugs, Slaves, Hit contracts.. you name it, it's on there.

The easiest way to stop kids getting at porn? Set up your own god damned Parental Control systems and just watch your kids when they're on the computer. We're not a babysitting service!

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