UK Porn Filter and the others

UK ‘Porn’ Filter Will Also Block Violence, Alcohol, Terrorism, Smoking And ‘Esoteric Material’

The United Kingdom’s new internet filters promise to block much more than just pornography, according to a report by the digital advocacy organization Open Rights Group.

Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced online porn would soon become automatically blocked in order to “protect children and their innocence.” The filters will be implemented by the UK’s major internet service providers, which encompass 95% of British web users.

Based on conversations with several ISPs, Open Rights Group says the new “parental controls” will reach far beyond pornography. By default, the controls will block access to “violent material,” “extremist and terrorist related content,” “anorexia and eating disorder websites,” and “suicide related websites.”

In addition, the new settings will censor websites that mention alcohol or smoking. The filter will even block “web forums” and “esoteric material,” though Open Rights Group does not specify what these categories would include.

The Independent notes the filters implemented by the four main private internet providers will be “default-on,” meaning users must explicitly choose to turn them off. Users can decide to keep certain filters while turning others off.

Making the filters default means most people will keep them, according to Open Rights Group Executive Director Jim Killock. “We know that people stick with defaults: this is part of the idea behind ‘nudge theory’ and ‘choice architecture’ that is popular with Cameron.”

According to Cameron, the new parental control settings will be turned on for all new broadband subscribers “by the end of the year.”

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Germans protest US spying activities in major cities

In Germany, thousands of demonstrators have held protests against US spying activities in major cities, including Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg.

Despite high summer temperatures, activists from the Stop Watching US network organized the demonstrations, in as many as 35 major German cities on Saturday.

The protesters voiced support for former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who revealed worldwide internet and phone spying activities carried out by Washington’s National Security Agency (NSA).

In June, Snowden, leaked documents showing the US spied on the European Union and monitored up to a half-billion German telephone calls and internet activities each month.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the German government had no information on the NSA spying and that she raised the issue with US President Barack Obama last month. However, opposition groups remain skeptical of the chancellor’s claims.

On July 26, German President Joachim Gauck said that Snowden deserved respect for defending freedom.

He urged Merkel to enter binding agreements with Germany’s allies in order to secure freedom of privacy.

Snowden has been staying at the Moscow airport transit zone since June 23. He applied for temporary asylum in Russia last week.

The protesters on Saturday have also voiced support for US Army Private Bradley Manning, who was arrested in Iraq in 2010 for handing over classified files and documents to whistleblower website, WikiLeaks. He has been charged with espionage and about 20 other offenses.

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Panem et circenses – Bread and Circuses

Coventry is fine, Coventry is OK, the people who live there with no social and economics problems at all but football.

Published on 20 Jul 2013
Coventry City fans show their disgust at the decision by the clubs owner SISU to play home games in Northampton for the next three seasons. This video was shot from the top of Sky Blue Way. The march and rally in the city centre were organised by The Sky Blue Trust supporters organisation at very short notice. Superb turn out from the people of Coventry and beyond – supporters of other clubs joined the event

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Spanish army dirty business

Exposure protest for the ILP bill in Spain

Published on 6 Jul 2013
A new mortgage bill approved by Spain’s lower house of parliament would merely put a band-aid on the plight of people whose homes are being repossessed, and would not guarantee protection for most families facing eviction, activists complain. The bill was passed Apr. 18 thanks to the votes of the right-wing governing Popular Party (PP), and is expected to make it through the Senate because the party also holds an absolute majority there.

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Secret Courts In The UK

The Real Reason Behind The “Secret Courts” In The UK

Published on 26 May 2013
A secret court in the UK has put some people behind bars just for trying to take care of their own relatives. One woman whose father was pronounced ‘mentally ill’ was locked away. But since the hearings are behind closed doors, it’s hard to know why.

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