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Matt, editor for the broadband comparison website Broadband Genie, offers his opinion on what needs to be done to keep children safe online.

The UK government’s latest efforts at preventing children stumbling across unsuitable web sites has been widely derided as a huge waste of time and effort. Under threat of...

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We have blogged recently about a number of ISPs in the UK who are implementing blocking / filtering solutions on their network in response to government.

We have also shown how simple this is to get around, by either changing your DNS settings or where the ISP has been a little more clever, simply set up a VPN. Most kids are more than capable of doing this and much...

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BT have announced the launch of its ts Parental Controls service, a DNS based blocking / filtering technology.

This might seem like a good solution but it is so trivial to get around that it becomes pointless even setting it up. It works on the assumption that the BT Broadband user is using BT DNS servers, if this is the case and no one ever tries to change anything that this 'might'...

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Sky are introducing a new content block service called Broadband Shield. The Open Right Group published a very interesting article about this including a set of questions given to Sky and the replies from them

To us the most interesting was in regards to how the...

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I was recently sent a link for this article, which on first reading might sound almost sensible but there are a couple of issues / questions.

Firstly they do not define what 'adult content' is, without this it is not possible to know what they will...

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We have seen a lot of things in the news of late about the so called 'snoopers charter' and how it will make the country a safer place and think about the kids dammit!

So will the snoopers charter make the country a safer place for anyone at all ?

Short and sweet answer - No

The charter is aimed at allowing for the collection of pretty much all information...

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The Online Safety Bill had its first reading in the house of lords on Tuesday 14 May 2013. It is described as a bill to make provision about the promotion of online safety; to require internet service providers and mobile phone operators to provide a service that excludes adult content; to require...

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There is an ongoing battle between the ISPs and the music / movie industry, where the later is trying to force the former to block content, so lets look at this in more detail, will it work? should it be done?

Will it work? Simple answer NO.

Ok lets expand a bit, how does blocking generally work? The ISP is given a list of IPs or domains to block access to, this will only...

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