[NetBehaviour] BT blocks off Pirate Bay.

lotu5 at resist.ca lotu5 at resist.ca
Wed Apr 22 18:50:15 CEST 2009

and thus enfolds the end of the free internet. it was so clear with the
net neutrality debates and the way that nasty things like Total
Information Awareness and HR4437 come back through congress under new
names to avoid public scrutiny that this was on its way. The great
internet wall of china is just a dark precursor for what we're all about
to be facing. This is why I really, really think that if we're going to
have a free global network we really have to start working on autonomous
infrastructure now, and not just free software / open source / agpl web
services, but open hardware and serious, widely networked free wireless
networks that can route around the phone companies. There are some serious
technical hurdles to be accomplished to make that statement a reality,
large scale mesh networking, but I thin its possible and I hope that in
response to the cutting off of freedoms like this one we can continue to
find ways to route around information oppression.


> BT blocks off Pirate Bay.
> BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent
> tracker site are met with a "content blocked" message. The warning page
> states the page has been blocked in "compliance with a new UK voluntary
> code".
> "This uses a barring and filtering mechanism to restrict access to all
> WAP and internet sites that are considered to have 'over 18' status,"
> the warning states. It goes on to list a series of categories that are
> blocked, including adult/sexually explicit content, "criminal skills"
> and hacking.
> It's not stated which category The Pirate Bay breaches, although the
> site does host links to porn movies.
> BT's warning message advises customers to contact customer services if
> they want the block on the site to be lifted. The message also invites
> users to seek further information on the self-regulation scheme on the
> Internet Watch Foundation's website, although an IWF spokesman denies
> any involvement with the mobile filtering scheme.
> more...
> http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/251609/bt-blocks-off-pirate-bay.html
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