May 20, 2005

[Historical, not report] N2H2 and secret ABORTION, HOMOSEXUALITY categories

[Historical, not a report - but 100.0% original content, you will not find this anywhere else in the great bloviating blog mass of echoing and opinionating, I guarantee it]

While I'm on the topic of censorware and religious connections, especially of N2H2 (censorware company), this is a good time to mention one tale from the bowels of the censorware blacklist.

When I first decrypted N2H2's blacklists, one of the intriguing discoveries I made was the presence of additional blacklists labeled "ABORTION" and "HOMOSEXUALITY". Important - these were not used in the ordinary retail product. They might have been a supplement or add-on used in Religious-Right contexts, it was unclear (as I joke, I can't exactly call up technical support and ask them about these topics). But ... hmm! It certainly meant something. But there wasn't any obvious way to do further investigation.

I'm not counting this as a censored censorware report, because I never could figure out how to put it all together to publishable material. More "one that got away". At a certain level, the mere existence of the categories might be news. But since it was not verifiable by any means other than decryption, and I had NO SUPPORT (but plenty of attacks), there didn't seem to be any way of having it matter.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on May 20, 2005 04:48 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Posted by: Jim Faith at May 21, 2005 03:50 PM

If you produce a "custom filter" for a client
more often than not they will supply the content
or supplementary categories.

Posted by: Bob Turner at May 24, 2005 12:12 AM