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Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby Pseudo » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:00 pm

Some members may find that certain websites are being blocked (i.e. censored!) from the UK.
A self-appointed group calling itself the Internet Watch Foundation has compiled a list of lots of websites, including many file hosting services that, in their opinion, are hosting under age and undesirable content.
They have made a representation to the ISPs in the UK with this list. They are then using the "underage" excuse to block these websites out of hand!
The major providers in the UK have acted upon their recommendations adn have completely blocked access to any site the IWF has listed. All the major UK providers are doing this, including the very largest.

it seems that any site that hosts stuff the IWF consider suspect is being blocked.
This is understandable with some of the Russian, South American and Japanese sites where under age and bestiality content is being up and down loaded, but it looks as if it is expanding to other sites. For instance, I cannot access the http://empornium.us/details.php?cat=18&id=417896 post at all. it looks like my ISP has blocked it, as I get the same message when I try to access sites such as the file hoster Oron, which I know is blocked.

This is due to the fairly recent legislation banning bestiality and even cartoon representation of under age pornographic material in Europe (hence the Japanese bans). This will probably extend to other Euro countries and the USA in future. The decision to ban can depend on where the website is hosted - a site that appears to be US based may in fact be based elsewhere and get banned as it is run by the same concern that runs objectionable sites.
Empornium.us is hosted in Holland, but as a Torrent site, it may be hosting objectionable material uploaded elsewhere in the world.

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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby Wolfboy » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:15 pm

Empornium is proper dead, not blocked.
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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby Pseudo » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:24 pm

OK! Thanks, Thought it was ok as the other members seemed to be downloading from it just hours before I tried.
What I wrote is true. The authorities in Europe are really getting heavy on porn sites now, especially file hosts. A lot of sites are being blocked. I suspect the legal adult entertainment industry is also very happy about this as it will cut down on free distribution of their videos. They are already making filehosts removed copyrighted material.
A general rule for any upload. Don't give it its proper title and password protect it.
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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby Pseudo » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:28 pm

All of these are subscribing to the IWF's blocking recommendations:

Internet Service Providers
BT
Claranet
East of England Broadband Network
Easynet
Eclipse
Exa Networks
Karoo
Kcom
Madasafish
Namesco
NDO
NTT
O2
Orange
Plusnet
Redstone
Research Machines
Royal Mail
SimplyNames
Sky
Talk Internet
Talk Talk
Tesco
The Cloud
Thus
UK Online
Virgin Media
Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning

Mobile Operators
3
O2
Orange
T-Mobile
Vodafone

Search and Content Providers
AOL UK
Ask Jeeves
BBC
Bing
Google
Yahoo! UK & Ireland

Filtering Companies
Adaptive Mobile Security
Barracuda Networks
Bloxx
Bluecoat Solutions
ByteMobile
Censornet
Commtouch
Detica
Elitecore Technologies
eSafe Education
Fortinet Technologies
intY
Lightspeed Systems
M86Security
McAfee
Net Intelligence
Netclean
Netsweeper
Nominum
Openwave
Optenet
Scansafe
Rulespace
SecureWorks
Smoothwall
SonicWall
Sophos
Trend Micro
Webroot
Websense
Zscaler
Zvelo

Licensees
Cisco IronPort Systems
Cricket Communications
Dhiraagu
Meteor
Mobitel
MTN Group
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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby Alice » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:21 pm

My question is simply who gets to decide which sites gets blocked and which don't? shouldn't there be some specifically measurable way to determine this and secondly what happens to the people whose sites get blocked?
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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby Pseudo » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:42 am

This post was prophetic. See my other recent posts regarding filehosts being shut down and their owners being jailed and prosecuted for "breaking copyright rules" i.e. taking money from big business.

Basically, there are people putting pressure on governments for all kinds of reasons, mainly financial, sometimes political, to get any site they don't like shut down. This has led to the situation in parts of the world where ISPs have been totally banned from allowing access to sites the government or QANGOs like IWF says its citizens must not access.

As far as your question is concerned Alice, the governments will shut down anyone the large players tell them to, using copyright and undesirable subject matter as their excuse.
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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby steveosiris » Wed May 02, 2012 6:41 pm

I agree with you, I think that there should be more regulations in place, so they can't just go after whatever websites they want, without following some specific rules. Are there any recommendations for the options that are protected from being blocked?
Alice wrote:My question is simply who gets to decide which sites gets blocked and which don't? shouldn't there be some specifically measurable way to determine this and secondly what happens to the people whose sites get blocked?
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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby Pseudo » Sat May 19, 2012 10:52 am

Latest news from the uk is that the Government (AKA PRIVILEGED, OUT OF TOUCH, KILLJOY BASTARDS!) are considering blocking everything they think is unsuitable from the INTERNET, with people having to ask their ISP to let them opt in to receive it. My own ISP has recently blocked all access to a very large, well known torrent site because of pressure from big business. Now, I don't know about you, but I think a very large amount of people would be reluctant to opt in. It's a bit like being seen going into a sex shop by the neighbours. Some people would have a problem explaining 'why?' to their wife, or parents. It will also make people feel that they will be monitored if they opt in, which they probably will be!
If people want to stop little Jimmy whanking (proper spelling!) off to porn when mum and dad are in bed they should have the option to OPT OUT! Not vice versa.
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Re: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Postby daavidfischer » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:01 am

The Internet has advanced in such a rapid rate only because of the openness and free sharing thought that it possesses. If organizations start banning selected websites, it is a depression of the freedom to share. The Internet will never be the same if there are restrictions to selected websites. Therefore I think the ISP’s and government should lift the ban on these websites and close down the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).



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