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Anonymous – AnonMessage Censored by ScrewTube ( youtube )

Uploaded by MrAnonymousMedia on Mar 25, 2012 Subscribe:TheAnonMessage (when it’s re-opened) Subscribe: MrAnonymousMedia (until then or other) YouTube: If you do not open access to TheAnonMessage’s account within 72 hours, we will unleash hell. This is a direct message from Anonymous to YouTube. Spread the word. Follow @TheAnonMessage on Twitter for the latest updates. TRANSCRIPT: Citizens of the World, We are Anonymous. This is a direct message to YouTube. Your block to TheAnonMessage’s account has directly violated first amendment rights of the constitution of the United States. This violation stands against everything our collective believes in. By speaking out against the viral Kony twenty twelve video, Youtube has decided to block a voice of truth. At this time, the collective is thinking of teaching YouTube a lesson. We must stress that the YouTube website will not be affected. It is a medium of communication and knowledge that has fallen in the wrong hands. However, we will take a course of action that will have YouTube executives awake at night and afraid for their sanity. No censorship. Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Youtube, expect us.

New Bill in the UK wants internet to be censored from porn by default

Baroness Howe of Idlicote most definitely seems to be thinking of the children, but is this a sensible approach?

At the start of this month, she was granted the first reading of her private member Bill on ‘online safety’ in the House of Lords.

The Online Safety Bill states that ISPs and mobile telcos should provide a porn-free internet connection by default.

Of course, an adult wants can choose to opt-in to the uncensored porn-permitted version, provided the site containing adult content has an 18+ verification system.

The Bill wants technology for filtering out porn to be provided at point of sale on every Internet enabled electronic device that can download content.

It also states that ISPs and telcos should provide clear information on ‘online safety’ defined as “the safe and responsible use of the Internet by children and young people on an electronic device.”

This proposal hasn’t exactly received a warm reception from industry, with trade body, the ISP Association arguing that “filtering by default will only reduce the degree of active interest and parental mediation, lull parents into a false sense of security and lead to over blocking. The question also arises of who decides what is pornographic and what is not?”

But wait a minute — haven’t we been here before? Yes, we have. Back in late 2010/early 2011, Tory MP Claire Perry called for ISPs to implement an opt-in system for porn with over 18-age verification.

Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey and parenting network Mumsnet indicated initial support for this idea.

But Mumsnet became concerned that filtering technologies might over-block, impacting, for example, its breastfeeding guidance.

Flash forward to last summer, when the Bailey Review on sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood was released, and we saw another wave of conservatism, with the Coalition refocusing on protecting kids from internet porn.

By last October, David Cameron was meeting the big four UK ISPs: BT, Virgin, Sky, and TalkTalk. It was decided a voluntary Code of Practice was the best route forward. A website, called ParentPort to allow parents to complain about inappropriate content on the internet was also launched.

Under the self-regulatory approach, BT and Virgin provided parental control software for computer-based filtering. Sky will have ‘active choice measures’ that require customers to opt out of parental controls.

TalkTalk went a bit further still, allowing customers to opt into a filtered network service where parents set the blacklists that filter and block content, including porn.

It was found TalkTalk’s filters didn’t actually work very well. For instance, it failed to block one of the biggest porn sites in the world.

This is where we are now. To my mind, having government legislate in this way will only lead to confusion. Let the consumer choose. This is legal pornography, and having a blanket default of state sponsored censorship seems a wholly disproportionate and unnecessary approach to controlling access.

This got me to thinking about the issues for those who would decide to opt in to access pornography. In order to validate your age, you will need to provide identification and then be listed on a database as someone who has chosen to access porn.

The Information Commissioner Office has recognised the importance of protecting people who could be on the list, but ultimately the best way to protect this data is for it not to exist.

ISPs already provide technologies for parents wanting to control what their kids see and it is the parents’ prerogative to use these. To my mind, these seem to give enough flexibility and sufficient control for any concerned parents.

I think we need to protect the status quo that those who object to pornography opt-out of the general internet and can opt in to censored version, not the other way around.

With this being a private member’s bill, it won’t get anywhere until it gets government support. Thankfully, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have already said they prefer the current flexible, self-regulation that benefits industry and consumers.

And this might be a nail in the coffin for this bill, so it can be buried in the graveyard of failed private member bills, where I think it belongs.

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UPDATE, later on the same day… Well, I had hoped this condemnation from DCMS was the nail in the coffin and this Bill could be buried alongside other failed private member bills. That doesn’t seem to be the case.

A Parliamentary Inquiry Report into Online Child Safety was released today, chaired by Claire Perry. It mirrors many of the recommendations of the Bill and seeks a formal Government review on the opt in filter, rolling out ‘active choice’ measures, single account ‘one click’ filtering for all devices on the same internet connection, a single regulator for internet safety and even public wi-fi networks having a a default adult content bar. Clearly this issue is not going away any time soon.

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Pirate Bay links censored in Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft has reportedly started censoring links to infamous BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay shared through its instant messaging service, Windows Live Messenger.

The issue was first flagged up by TorrentFreak, which found that users who tried to paste a Pirate Bay link to their friends through Windows Live Messenger were met with a message stating that the link had been blocked because it was “unsafe”.

Other chat clients such as Pidgin are also blocking Pirate Bay links when accessed using a Windows Live Messenger account.

Microsoft was contacted by Techworld for comment, but did not reply in time for the publication of this article. However, the company told The Register:

“We block instant messages if they contain malicious or spam URLs based on intelligence algorithms, third-party sources, and/or user complaints. Pirate Bay URLs were flagged by one or more of these and were consequently blocked.”

The move has been interpreted as an indication that Microsoft is joining the fight against online piracy. However, as TorrentFreak points out, all of the other large BitTorrent sites remain unaffected, even though they offer identical content.

It is nevertheless a blow for The Pirate Bay, which has been the target of numerous legal challenges in recent months. In February, the High Court in London ruled that The Pirate Bay breaches copyright laws, meaning that the site could be blocked by internet service providers in the UK.

Meanwhile, Finnish ISP Elisa has blocked access to The Pirate Bay in response to an injunction issued by a Helsinki court at the request of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and a court in The Hague has also ordered that The Pirate Bay must be blocked by Dutch ISPs Ziggo and XS4ALL.

Earlier this year, The Pirate Bay announced it will no longer host torrent files, opting instead to use magnet links, which are more difficult to track and shut down.

Mr Justice Arnold, who oversaw the High Court hearing, said this confirmed the operators’ determination to do whatever they can to provide users with unrestricted access to copyrighted material and thereby enable the users to continue to infringe.

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