July 03, 2003

Open Censorware ("filtering") issues page

[Just sent this to the Interesting People list, in response to Libraries, Commercial Censorware & CIPA

From: Seth Finkelstein
Subject: Re: [IP] Libraries, Commercial Censorware & CIPA

Dave, this has come up so frequently in the past few days, that I've started a page of resources/argument/rebuttals about it:

Open Censorware issues

In brief, it's a solved technical problem, for example there's:

http://www.squidguard.org/ http://www.squidguard.org/blacklist/
GUILT - the GnU Internet Lust Terminator

So that wheel has already been invented. The issue is more a social and legal issue.

Regarding the issue of the perils of the possibility of open sex site lists, see my rebuttal in testimony during the recent Digital Millennium Copyright Act hearings, where exactly this topic was discussed (search for the discussion of "pornography sites"). It's at

In general, commercial censorware companies are not going to open their blacklists, no matter how many times libraries say they should. They sue over this issue, see


Seth Finkelstein Consulting Programmer

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on July 03, 2003 05:01 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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