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British Library’s Filtering Software Blocks Access to Hamlet, Citing Violent Content

Filtering software denied an author using the British Library’s Wi-Fi network access to an online version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet based on its violent content. Mark Forsyth was writing a book in the library and wanted to check a line from the play in the MIT digital collection. However, filtering software denied him access. The library claimed the incident was the result of a new Wi-Fi service provider and that it has adjusted its filtering software to eliminate future problems. Filtering is under increased scrutiny in the UK since the government announced plans to block pornographic sites unless users opt in. Opponents have voiced concern that this policy will indiscriminately block sites that should be widely available. Forsyth wrote that his inability to access Hamlet demonstrated “the amusing absurdity of the greatest work of British literature being blocked by the British Library [and] the evident silliness of filtering systems, particularly one that blocks mit.edu but not Facebook. (BBC)(The Register)(The Inky Fool -- Mark Forsyth Blog)(British Library Reference Services Twitter Feed)

UK Government Blocks All Online Porn on Opt-In Basis

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced various measures designed to protect children by eliminating explicit sexual content and pornography from the Internet in the UK. Most notably, he is instituting filters that will ban pornographic sites at the network node level with the nation’s ISPs. Users must decide by the end of 2014 whether they wish to use these filters, which Cameron says should be able to be applied by parents to all devices in a home with one click. Users may access the adult content by opting in. Six providers responsible for providing 90 percent of public Wi-Fi have reportedly agreed to provide filtering. “I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come,” Cameron stated in a speech. “Many children are viewing online pornography and other damaging material at a very young age. … The nature of that pornography is so extreme, it is distorting their view of sex and relationships.” The increased legislation is primarily designed to stop access to and trafficking of child sexual abuse images. There are 19 million Internet users in the UK. (The Globe and Mail)(Wired UK)(Gov.UK Inside Government) 

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