IT: SmartFilter blacklists computer science library as 'Sex'
Thu, 7 Mar 2002 15:57:53 -0500
I've archived this at http://sethf.com/anticensorware/smartfilter/damage1.php
[Summary - SmartFilter blacklisted a web digital library devoted to
"NIPS", that is, "Neural Information Processing Systems", as 'Sex'.
The reason should be obvious, but if not, take a look at the
(surprisingly, unblacklisted) site http://www.bcpl.net/~lpettijo/2cndpage.html
Note censorware advocates sometimes deride these reports as legends and
stories. You can verify this blacklisting by clicking on the following
Of course, after this is publicized, SmartFilter'll eventually change it,
and the censorware blacklist will be assumed perfect once again ...
My previous reports on SmartFilter:
SmartFilter's Greatest Evils:
SmartFilter - I've Got A Little List:
[Forwarded with permission]
From: Yann LeCun
Subject: SmartFilter blocks computer science library
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 13:42:12 -0500
I thought you might be amused to know that the NIPS Online web
site ( http://nips.djvuzone.org ) is currently being blocked by
SmartFilter. This may be a good example of the "collateral damage"
caused by censorware. NIPS Online is a free digital library that
provides access to the proceedings of a yearly computer science
conference called Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS).
I am the creator and maintainer of NIPS Online, and I am not sure
why my site is being blocked (the content is as innocuous as can be),
though I suspect the acronym NIPS may have something to do with it.
What I know is that prominent scientists at some industry research
labs are being denied access to important scientific publications
because their employer uses bad censorware (not that there is such
a thing as good censorware).
-- Yann LeCun
Yann LeCun Fellow, Computer Science Division
NEC Research Institute tel:+1(609)951-2614 fax:(609)951-2482
4 Independence Way yann[at]research[dot]nj[dot]nec[dot]com
Princeton, NJ 08540-6634, USA. http://yann.lecun.com
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