Big brother is blocking you

The Daily Mail is as ever going into it’s usual orgiastic ‘we’ve saved the world from paedogeddon’ with the announcement that an internet provider is going to automatically block people from stuff they think we don’t want to see rather than give us the choice…

Mail. (usual caveats)

BT has announced all new customers will have parental control filters switched on when they subscribe to its broadband service.
The company has offered the free Parental Controls service for a number of years, but this is the first time new customers will have to actively choose whether to turn the filters off.
During the set-up process, a box that turns on the controls – which block a number of sites including pornography, those containing self-harm and violence as well as hate sites – will be automatically ticked.
Subscribers will then have to actively turn the blocks off and instead decide what level of protection – if any – they require.
The company will also extend its filter service to all internet devices including games consoles and tablets. Previously parents could only block potentially harmful sites on desktops and laptops.
BT will also be contacting all of its existing customers from the start of next year, forcing them to make a choice about the level of controls on their broadband.

Whilst not a case of Big Brother is watching you, it’s definitely a case of big brother is making damned sure you don’t see anything they don’t want, unless you switch it off and then have the whole world know you as a pornographer, for if you do switch the filters off, BT will bloody well know about it…

Not that at the moment it’s difficult to get around the filters, a quick Google will tell you how and the use of a VPN or proxy server will do the job quite adequately too. Which does seem to suggest that the kids will be OK whilst the parents will be confused as to why they can’t watch the Robin Thicke ‘Blurred Lines’ video on youtube any more.

The thing with this sort of creeping authoritarianism is that people become accustomed not to think for themselves. Parents will assume the internet filter is in place and doing its job without as ever actually checking what their little darlings are up too.

In the end it ought to be our responsibility to monitor what our kids watch, not BT’s or the states or especially the Daily Mail’s.

 

12 comments for “Big brother is blocking you

  1. December 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    The term “paedogeddon” – quite like that.

    • December 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Not sure who invented it, but I got it from Julia I think.

      • Uncle Nick
        December 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

        I’d be happy to nominate Chris Morris – the term was used in the Brass Eye “Paedophilia Special” back in 2000.

  2. Mudplugger
    December 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Could be tough for the inhabitants of Penistone and Scunthorpe – they’ll all have to appear to be evil pornographers just to operate anything with any local content.

    And what a box-ticking, lip-service, window-dressing waste of time, whilst opening the door to progressive web-censorship with every step. You never value freedom until it’s gone.

    They’ll come for the smokers next……

  3. The Jannie
    December 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Excellent; that’s just how it should be. We’ve now got yet another valid reason for not dealing with BT!

  4. Derek
    December 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    What’s next to be screened out, Freedom of expression, or Christianity. Both abhorant to the left. Now I think of it, probably both!!!!

    • Furor Teutonicus
      December 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

      XX What’s next to be screened out, Freedom of expression,XX

      You tried getting anything published on most of the media web sites within the last couple of years?

  5. December 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    At least the net of disapproval is cast fairly wide. If you actually do want to visit http://www.naughtygranniesinpantyhose.com then, when “called out” by a visiting prodnose from the Ministry of Decency, you can claim that you had the block removed to allow you to visit Stormfront, purely for research purposes, of course.

    Or, indeed, vice versa.

  6. December 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    And it’s not just porn sites that are blocked. Sites that promote anonymous proxies will also be blocked.

    “doesn’t block VPN connections, but does prevent access to sites promoting the use of proxies and annonymisers [sic]”

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/17/bt_parental_controls_will_block_proxies_and_anonymiser_sites/

  7. December 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    What do you need VPN’s and Proxies for?

    Just use the TOR browser, it bypasses all of this nanny state bollox

    • December 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Tor is a proxy site.

  8. Andrew Duffin
    December 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Pathetic.

    “During the setup process…” – on other words, this assumes you use their sucky crapware on your computer.

    So don’t. Like every savvy user throughout recorded history, you throw away their CD and use the router as just that – a router.

    Problem solved, or rather problem never even seen.

    Not to say they won’t “improve”, but really this has all the hallmarks of the most elementary and pointless box-ticking exercise.

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