Cameron's controversial porn filter blocks tech sites, report claims

The Internet porn filters implemented by UK ISPs have had, it is fair to say, their fair share of teething problems.

After an investigation by BBC Newsnight found that leading UK ISPs were blocking access to legitimate sex education and domestic abuse sites, some are claiming that the filters are also now prohibiting users from clicking on certain technology websites.

Peter Hansteen, a writer from Norway, reported to techeye.net that the measures introduced by Prime Minister David Cameron are blocking users from accessing his website, declaredbsdly.net, which uploads mainly technology-based content.

Pondering the problem, Hansteen ventures that his site may have been blocked because he once wrote a story which included a line referring to a picture of a "blonde chick with a cute p***y". The reference, however, turned out to be tongue-in-cheek when the photo was revealed to be of a baby chicken and some cats.

Other sites listed by techeye.org as falling behind the Cameron curtain are the Electronic Frontier Foundation, usenix.org, amnesty.org.uk and slash.org. However, apart from Hansteen's site, all the websites that we tried to access were open and accessible.

Consequently, it would seem that either the blocks have been swiftly lifted, or in the face of Cameron's unprecedented Internet censorship, someone has been quick to point the finger of blame at an over-zealous politician.

Also adamantly against the censorship, a Singapore-based developer has created a Chrome extension which bypasses the UK ISP porn block. Dubbed "Go Away Cameron", the plug-in declares that is one aim is to "bring porn back."

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