ISP Internet Filters Cock Up Again, Block Disney Sites, Internet Safety Tips, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

Since he first got into Downing Street David Cameron was on a crusade against online porn, eventually forcing ISPs to implement filters that blocked online smut (amongst other things) by default. Those blocks were far from perfect, and it was revealed that they also ended blocking sites promoting safe sex education amongst teens. Despite not hearing about them for a while, those filters are still around - and they're back in the news again for getting up to their old tricks.

The Open Rights Group's 'Blocked Initiative' helps monitor which sites are being blocked by the filters, specifically so people can report anything that's seemingly been blocked by mistake. Among the sites include things like porn and other material of an 'adult' nature, along with some VPN and proxy sites. All of which are reasonable, though there are obvious issues with blocking VPNs that we don't really need to get into here. What is worth mentioning is TorrentFreak noticed a lot of kid-oriented websites are being blocked, including the official Disney website which is the last place you'd expect to find porn.

Disney, kid-friendly coding site kidsandcode.org, and educational gaming site playkidsgames.com are specifically being blocked by BT's strict filters, while internetsafetyday.org is also being blocked by BT, Virgin, and Plusnet. On top of that education-focused vikingsword.com is blocked by both Three and Sky, though the website of weapons-manufacturer (and aerospace company) Lockheed Martin goes through without issue.

So it's good to see that the measure designed to protect kids is helping them avoid such terrible websites as the multinational corporate conglomerate Disney, and things that will help them learn. [TorrentFreak]