Internet Service Provider Filters

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I want to talk a bit about Internet Service Providers (ISP) filtering content and the overblocking that can occur with these filters.  In the UK at least, since 2013 all ISPs have been filtering content that might be adult or illegal in order to protect minors.  All new customers will now automatically be opted-in to the ISP’s own content filter.  Unless you specifically change your settings you may be seeing a reduced number of sites on your device.  I’m not up to speed with the filtering of content in the US but would imagine it’s on a state by state basis. What are these filters, what are they blocking and are they always blocking the right sites? Continue reading