Chris Monteiro - Web systems administrator and Pirate Party UK activist
After sustained government pressure, 3 of the 4 major UK ISPs now offer web filtering products to their customers.
What filtering is going on? How effective is it? What's next?
These are questions with complex answers. The UK does not, as yet, have as invasive a system as the Great Firewall of China, but features nearly all of the same technologies, problems and circumvention techniques. In this two-part article, I will focus on the new ISP content filters and their varying implementations.
As a expert in internet and networking technologies as well as internet regulatory measures, I took it upon myself to analyse, in detail, the current state of UK web blocking by compiling information from a number of government, media and industry data sources in order to analyse issues with both the available filtering categories and the consistency of their implementation.