Category: filtering

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Divine Internet Filtering

Now I’m not very religious, but have no real problem with those who are.  Obviously, excluding those who want to kill me, blow me up or have me imprisoned – anything like that.  However I do think that secular governments seem to work better, at least with regards to democracy simply because most places have many people of...

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Why Can’t I Use a Proxy

We’ve all been there – you’re stuck in work or school, and frankly bored out of your brain.   Sure you have internet access but all the most interesting sites are blocked – Facebook Blocked Youtube Blocked MySpace Blocked World of Warcraft (games and forum) Blocked So why’s it happening and what can you do about it? Your...

What is Internet Filtering (and How Can you Beat it)? 0

What is Internet Filtering (and How Can you Beat it)?

This is becoming a more and more important question as we spend an increasing amount of time online. What exactly is internet filtering and should we learn to live with it or try and bypass it at every turn? It’s probably best to start with some background, and define some of the types of filtering you’ll find online...

Once Upon a Time There Was a Hosts File 2

Once Upon a Time There Was a Hosts File

When the World Wide Web was little and called the ARPAnet, resolving computers to their IP addresses wasn’t a big deal. In fact because the network consisted of only a few hundred hosts, a single file called HOSTS.TXT was sufficient. This file contained the name to address mapping of every computer on the ARPAnet. Unix computers hacked the...

Internet Filtering, Censorship, Surveillance and Stuff Like That 1

Internet Filtering, Censorship, Surveillance and Stuff Like That

One of the many justifications used across the world by agencies, governments, regimes etc for spying on us and filtering internet feeds is that it actually protects us.    By that they generally mean by employing these tactics they are able to catch more terrorists, paedophiles and various nasty people using the internet for their naughtiness.  In fact...