Wednesday 2 July 2014


The Open Rights Group have produced the Blocked! web service that allows you to test whether sites are being blocked by the major U.K. Internet Service Providers. The idea is classic government "think of the children" without thinking of the clumsiness of the technology, the harm that could do and the weak level of protection it does provide. Really, the web has to be controlled with something more sophisticated than a light switch. And, controversially, a switch that doesn't really work creates an illusion of protection which if anything will reduce the more effective measures, such as parenting.

As if to prove the point, TalkTalk are blocking this blog! That's a significant number of people that are unable to access my subversive and corrupting influence. I've put in a request to unblock.