Cory wrote over the weekend about British service providers blocking access to wikipedia, due to an old Scorpions album cover that looks to the local nannies like kiddie porn. It turns out that the method used breaks the whole site.
Over the weekend, the British Internet Watch Foundationplaced Wikipedia on its blacklist when the group was told the encyclopedia had published the banned cover of a 1970s Scorpions album, Virgin Killer , featuring a naked prepubescent girl. ... But because of the Internet Watch Foundation blacklisting, British internet service providers are currently redirecting Wikipedia traffic to a proxy server. When British editors log in via that proxy server, Wikipedia’s systems cannot verify their unique IP addresses, and is blocking most access to British editors because it cannot adequately verify them. "Everybody is looking exactly the same to us," Walsh added, adding that the group is disappointed by being censored.The rationale is that if something might be used by a bad person to do a bad thing, or even to pursue a bad thought, it's intrinsically threatening to society at large and must be banned. In the past, this curtain-twitching authoritarianism was just another characteristic eccentricity of British life. Over the last ten years, however, my home's become unrecognizable to me–it's as if these people have taken over! The unsettling British obsession with pedophilia is creepy enough, but there's worse in store. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith recently said that to make police accountable to elected politicians would be a "Stalinist" interference with their operational independence. We look at it, we laugh at it, but we just won't face it: she's openly describing a police state, and we're just not bovvered.
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