• England’s Adviser On The Commercialization And Sexualisation Of Childhood Finds Website Hacked, Blames Everyone

    England’s Adviser On The Commercialization And Sexualisation Of Childhood Finds Website Hacked, Blames Everyone

    Claire Perry [SFW] is England’s Net Nanny who, over the past few months, has pushed that country’s disastrous bid to censor the Internet through to the highest levels. Hackers defaced her primitive website, adding some racy photos alongside her smiling mug. Read More

  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    Apparently we are now in the endgame, the victims of information overload ready for the triumph of socially curated automation flows. You’d think people might be wary of placing big bets on impossible goals (what were they thinking at HP?) but that’s not what keeps happening. In retrospect, it seems stunningly obvious: TouchPad? Why Pad? Why Touch? Why not make it HunchPad as in HP… Read More

  • In China: Acer, Lenovo and Asustek voluntarily ship PCs with filtering software

    Green Dam, a filtering software that’s supposed to protect China’s population from harmful content (and can be called a piece of garbage on more than one level), seems to trigger anticipatory obedience (you could also call it business sense, I guess) within some PC companies. Even though the Chinese government postponed its plans to make the software mandatory with all PC shipments… Read More

  • Delta Airlines will filter in-flight Internet access after all

    While Delta initially said it had no plans to filter Web sites from its in-flight broadband offerings, complaints have caused the airline to change its mind. When the service launches later this, Delta will block inappropriate Web sites, thus saving humanity from itself. A Delta spokesperson says the filtering will be limited in scope, he didn’t elaborate as to what exactly… Read More

  • Australia moving ahead with ISP-level porn filtering despite previous failures

    [photopress:ausxxx.jpg,full,center] Despite the fact that previously attempted ISP-level filtering technology failed, the Australian government will go ahead with a plan to implement such filtering, starting with a trial in Tasmania. The Government will spend $89 million to deploy the filtering system in hopes of protecting youngsters from accessing X-rated material. (For illustrative… Read More

  • Joel Johnson takes on AT&T's packet filter plans – on an AT&T-funded web TV channel

    AT&T runs a “tech channel” and there is a show on there run by Hugh Thompson, a security researcher turned eccentric chat show host. They booked Joel Johnson, my old boss at Gizmodo and one of the smartest guys in the room when it comes to tech, under the assumption that he would talk about hot new gadgets. Instead, Joel brought up the small issue of AT&T looking into… Read More

  • Gmail Needs Foreign Character Filtering

    DownloadSquad brings up an excellent point regarding the filtering abilities found in Gmail. While Gmail does one of the best jobs of filtering junk and spam e-mail, a lot of the time spam littered with foreign characters gets through into our inboxes and we’re forced to sit there teaching Gmail to learn that Russian mail-order brides are indeed e-mails we don’t want to… Read More