Category: content filtering

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UK Users to Receive Piracy Warning Letters

A couple of weeks ago I sat in the front room of an elderly neighbour, on the TV screen was a Premier League football match being broadcast on Sky Sports.    I was surprised because I knew this chap struggled on a basic pension and the Sky Sports package is not cheap!   However I then noticed the...

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IP Address Mapping Hell in Kansas

Is there such a thing as a ‘digital hell’ well although it sounds like some sort of melodramatic media headline, one couple in Kansas could arguably have been living there for several years. Everything that is connected to the internet has an IP address, every computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone needs some sort of address in order...

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May you Rot in Hell – Ask Toolbar

I don’t swear much, in fact there are only three things that are likely to make me swear at all. In no particular order – my teenage son, printers and the Ask Toolbar. I try to avoid the first two whenever possible, however I am forever plagued by the scourge that is the Ask Search toolbar.  You’ve probably come...

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China’s Big Internet Mistake

A few years ago I was employed installing and configuring content filters in a hospital in the United Kingdom. It was being installed after a report showed that loads of the staff spent a large part of the working day messing around on the internet and accessing rather unsuitable material. They decided to be rather aggressive in the...

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Iran Launches YouTube Alternative

I bet the young people of Iran can hardly contain their excitement.  The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting have just announced the launch of an Iran-only version of the popular video uploading site YouTube.  It’s called Mehr and it’s the second video channel accessible only in Iran.  Access to YouTube was blocked in 2009 after lots of people posted...