Web Filtering

Allegations Rock Web Filtering Policy

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014 - 13:00

Downing Street has said, that one of David Cameron's aides has been arrested on suspicion of an offence "relating to child abuse imagery".

As deputy head of the policy unit, Patrick Rock was one of a number of officials who had been working on Internet policy in the wake of tabloid pressure on abuse imagery. The Prime Minister had been due to make him a peer "in recognition of his long service and the trust that he puts in his judgement".

The Mancunion interviews Loz Kaye

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye speaks to Features Editor Sam Dumitriu about surveillance, filters and how the internet can transform politics.

Just because our politicians failed to hold the security services to account, doesn’t mean those of us outside of the Westminster bubble aren’t interested, but you have to let your MP know you’re concerned about these issues because one of the things they love to say is that that nobody cares and no one contacted us.

Monday, 10 March, 2014 - 17:00

Inside Default Web Blocking - Part 2

Pro-Ana Content

Last year one of the many nasties due to be blocked was websites which encourage people to develop eating disorders, aka 'Pro-Anorexic' content. The content doesn't appear to be blocked under any of the various filters, suggesting that the ISPs may have realised the problems in this area - namely that an unrealistically proportioned, air-brushed model on a mainstream fashion publication can unfortunately be as self-image damaging as any 'legitimate' weight loss tips.

With the situation as it stands today, in this issue, at least, ISPs seem to have decided that mental health in the UK is an issue more complex than one which can be addressed by attempting to block websites.

Sex Education

BT's (fully optional in this case) filter has already come under heavy criticism for blocking 'gay and lesbian lifestyle' content, before back-peddling to sex education only.

BT's filter whilst claiming 'not [to] discriminate between heterosexual and LGBT content' clearly blocks sites such as gaytimes.co.uk (but not pinknews.co.uk) and does in fact effectively block a range of sex education sites such as the sexual health charity http://www.fpa.org.uk and http://www.contraceptioneducation.co.uk

As this is (for now, at least) a fully opt-in category, the potential for wider damage is fortunately limited.

Inside Default Web Blocking - Part 1

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.

Forbes: UK Government Takes Control Freak Approach To Tech

Loz Kaye talks to Forbes about the dangers of the Government's inconsistent approach to technology, the 'Great Firewall of Cameron', the problems of the DCMS ministry and it's implications for business.

"They have to engage with the tech community in a broader sense, or it simply isn't going to work and we are going to be left behind."

Monday, 13 January, 2014 - 22:00

ORGZINE: Humans Have No Default Setting

Loz Kaye, Leader of the Pirate Party UK, looks at why the Snoopers Charter has crawled its way back into the political agenda, and why it will it may not solve the problems that politicians are hoping it will.

It is vital that as a digital rights movement we do not just protect our interests, without taking a wider interest in the society in which we take part. That will rightly lay us open to the charge of being shortsighted and anti-social. But of course poverty, abuse and racism are difficult to deal with. It is far more attractive for politicians to blame the Internet when they are under pressure from the tabloids. It's simpler to hold out promises of magic technological solutions even if they have no basis in reality.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 - 21:00

Bit Tech: Cameron to announce block-by-default web filters

The Prime Minister David Cameron is due to make a speech to a child protection charity today which pledges government support for mandatory pornography filtering on UK internet connections - a move which has privacy and anti-censorship activists concerned.

Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, told us: "With search engine blocks and web filters, there is no foolproof 100% block solution. It will always be too much or not enough. This is utterly technologically illiterate. It can not possibly work in the way that Cameron and the Labour Party press office wants."

Monday, 22 July, 2013 - 21:00

UK government Prevent strategy will block web sites

"Internet filtering across the public estate is essential. We want to ensure that users in schools, libraries, colleges and Immigration Removal Centres are unable to access unlawful material. We will continue to work closely with [the] filtering industry," Prevent the report states.

Loz Kaye, leader of the Party in the UK added his own thoughts to the mix in a short conversation with the INQUIRER. He said that the Party was concerned about the report, and added, "With its public Internet filtering the Coalition's Prevent strategy undermines the freedoms it purports to protect." 

Thursday, 9 June, 2011 (All day)

Web blocking. The Collateral Damage.

Loz Kaye's picture

The last time I was in the (now closed) Ancoats walk in health centre I noticed something pretty sobering. A poster with information about help for victims of domestic abuse with tear off slips with contact details at the bottom.

Half of the strips were torn off.

Each torn strip represents a moment of someone seeking vital information to get help. It's that act of courage to seek information that has now become collateral in Cameron's web block firewall.

Pirate Party UK at the Internet and Parliament Event

Saturday, 2 November, 2013 - 21:45

This week two delegates from the Pirate Party UK attended the Eighth Annual Parliament and Internet Conference on 31st October. The event, held by the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) which is the leading all-party group in the technology sector in the Houses of Parliament, was attended by parliamentarians, regulators, delegates from technology industries, public interest groups and many more.

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