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allthough, right now the website is flaking when I try to submit it.

A copy of this email is going to my MP. I am raising my concerns about the proposal for network filtering of adult content and default blocking.

I would like to submit the following evidence:

We all know about the Great Firewall of China – it is often used as an example of how totalitarian the government there still is despite the country’s embracing of capitalist-consumerism. It is also easy enough to demonstrate how much this power to censor the internet is abused – to stamp out political dissent and lines of thought that are deemed subversive.

What does this have to do with the opt-out “adult” filtering bill? Too much, I’m afraid.

The wording is terribly vague and the power to decide what is adult and what is not far to open to similar abuses.

It won’t just be porn that will be filtered – it will be all mature content. Coupled with the nature of bureaucracy to be better safe than sorry huge swaths of the net will be lost to those unwilling to go through the process of opting out through fear of being labelled a pervert in some database despite sex and sexuality being a vital and healthy part of the human experience. One need only look to the oppression of sexuality during Victorian times that led to its expression in far more dangerous terms than would of resulted from allowing it to blossom in the open.

The internet is a miraculous thing and part of its very nature is its openness. To take that away in any capacity will lead to effects that will be felt in all corners of the digital economy, both money based and elsewhere.

Trying to control knowledge and information is like trying to dam a mighty river with rolled up newspaper. Sooner or water there will be a flood. A very destructive one.

Teenagers and children are pretty tenacious creatures. If you try and stop them from doing something they will find a way around it. Then all you end up with is a pricey piece of legislation and a bunch of agitated citizens.

I wish I had more time to elucidate my points further but it’s getting close to dinner time and my family needs feeding.


Exit International is an assisted suicide education group in Australia, whose average member is over 70 years old. The Exit International website has been will likely be blocked by the Great Firewall of Australia, so Exit International has turned to Australia’s Pirate Party and asked for help in producing a slideshow explaining firewall circumvention for seniors. It’s a pretty informative slideshow — teachers could just as readily use it for schoolkids in class in a teaching unit on getting access to legit educational materials that’s mistakenly blocked by school censorware. home » Slideshow » The Pirate Party: how to bypass the great Australian firewall

Australian seniors ask Pirate Party for help in accessing right-to-die sites – Boing Boing.


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Ken Russell was the reigning champion of cinema controversy in the uk during the 70s. He put many a nose out of joint. He also kinda hipped celebrated artist and film maker Derek Jarman to the joys of film-making after giving him a job on The Devils, which existed on video in various butchered forms due to ridiculous censorship, although it is now available uncut.

I met Ken Russell once, whilst at film school. He was delightfully eccentric. I think he kinda took a shine to me after realising that i may be as mad as he. For the rest of the year our production group took to saying his name in a variety of weird accents at random moments.

In the 50s he worked as a photographer for a bit. The observer have a gallery of some of his work from that decade (the above being an example) so go feast yr eyes. Be sure to read the descriptions of each picture as they are really quite interesting.

via the rumpus


the UK is on the eve of turning into a facist digital wasteland. Where the fuck do i live, china?

I just got done using a web-locker yesterday to recieve a bunch of a friend’s music for a future post. Music he made AND OWNS.

I guess there will always be FTP but have you ever tried explaining FTP to non-computer minded people?

I mean, i don’t want to say that all politicians should be taken out onto the tundra and shot, but…

From Cory on BoingBoing:

The idea that web-lockers should be blocked nationwide by court order is a bad idea:

1. Web-lockers are useful for more than piracy. I routinely use web-lockers for my own business and personal affairs. When I need to send a large video of my daughter playing to my parents, a web-locker is the simplest way of doing this. Web-lockers are also a vital part of how I produce my audiobooks and podcasts, since they allow me to privately share large pre-release audio-files with readers, editors and publishers. Web-lockers are also how I communicate with my attorneys and accountants for transmission of sensitive documents, such as scans of my passport and bills.

2. The reason web-lockers are useful for piracy is because they support privacy. The entertainment industry’s principle objection to web-lockers is that their contents are private, and cannot be readily survielled by copyright enforcement tools. When I send a video of my daughter in the bath to her grandparents, the only people who can download that video are the people who have access to the private URL for the locker. This is the same mechanism that infringers use to avoid detection: upload an infringing file and share the URL with friends. You can’t fix the web-locker problem without attacking the right of Internet users to privately share large files with one another.

3. The establishment of a national blocklist is itself a bad idea. Creating a facility whereby ISPs can be compelled to block entire websites is a bad idea on its face. The security problems raised by such a facility are grave (a hijacker could use it to block the BBC, or Parliament, or Google), and the temptation to extend this facility for use in other civil actions, (say, libel) will be great. Also, as my friend Lilian Edwards has pointed out, the LibDem proposal does not stipulate how long sites must be blocked for, nor what the procedure is for unblocking them.

4. There is no evidence that this will work. Dedicated infringers have shown a willingness and capability to use technologies such as proxies to evade firewalls. These proxies — many of them legitimate businesses at home and abroad — are cheap and easy to use, and make it trivial to evade ISP-level filtering. However, “good guys” (small traders, individuals wishing to share private material with friends and family) should not have to bear the expense and difficulty of evading the Great Firewall of Britain to do legitimate business on the net.

5. This is bad for the nation. The only country to enact anti-web-locker legislation to date is South Korea, which brought in a similar measure to the LibDem proposal as a condition of its Free Trade Agreement with the USA, whose IP chapter focused largely on locking down the Korean Internet. In the time since the US-Korea FTA, Korea has slipped badly in the global league tables for ICT competitiveness, going from being a worldwide leader in technology to an also-ran.

I have sent a version of these comments to both of the LibDem peers using ORG’s Write to Them links. I hope you’ll get in touch with them, too. This is a grave blunder for the supposed “party of liberty,” especially on the eve of a national election.

LibDem Lords seek to ban web-lockers YouSendIt, etc in the UK – Boing Boing.


Too lazy to blog this properly… cut and paste to the rescue!

From 23narchy in the uk:

Actor Sam Elliott has accused the Catholic Church of pressurising Hollywood producers to scrap a classic fantasy trilogy.

Studio bosses have shelved plans to film the final two instalments of His Dark Materials, despite the success of the first movie, The Golden Compass, two years ago. […]

Asked what happened to the series, Elliot said: “The Catholic Church happened to The Golden Compass, as far as I’m concerned. It did ‘incredible’ at the box office, taking $380million. Incredible. It took $85million in the States. […]

A spokesman for New Line Cinema declined to comment.

This London: Catholics ‘forced film chiefs to scrap Dark Materials trilogy’

Sam Elliot: Catholics ‘forced film chiefs to scrap Dark Materials trilogy’ | Technoccult – 23narchy in the UK.


A friend of mine alerted me to this story via email a few days ago and I’ve been meaning to blog it ever since.

After a parent complained about an elementary school student stumbling across “oral sex” in a classroom dictionary, Menifee Union School District officials decided to pull Merriam Webster’s 10th edition from all school shelves earlier this week.

School officials will review the dictionary to decide if it should be permanently banned because of the “sexually graphic” entry, said district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus. The dictionaries were initially purchased a few years ago for fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms districtwide, according to a memo to the superintendent.

“It’s just not age appropriate,” said Cadmus, adding that this is the first time a book has been removed from classrooms throughout the district.

I mean, really? What’s next, banning the bible? There’s discussions of anal sex and prostitution in there! Won’t somebody please think of the children?!?

Menifee school officials remove dictionary over term ‘oral sex’ | Menifee | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California.

The real reason Google wants out of China


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The real reason Google wants out of China

It’s not about human rights, says Oxblood Ruffin

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When you’re being chased out of town it can be face-saving to grab a flag and say that you’re leading a parade.

Google’s conversion from acquiescent nose-holder to aggrieved human rights defender hasn’t been equalled since Saint Paul found Jesus on the road to Damascus.

I almost got weepy when I read the news about Google, then I put down my crack pipe.

“In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google,” stated paragraph one of Google’s bombshell posting.

There were also mentions of email hacking and censorship. A clever – if not risible – bait and switch to reposition the story. Forget that Google was haxored and its IP stolen.

Actually, forget that Chinese privateers have been aggressively targeting Western technology firms. When your network security sucks and your brand is taking a beating, it’s time to talk about human rights.

The real reason Google wants out of China | News | TechRadar UK.
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