Why Internet Censorship Does Not Work

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There are often calls in the UK for the Government to regulate and ‘protect’ children from pornography (and other adult material) on the Internet. In the past, I’ve recounted the basic reasons why it doesn’t work but let’s take a more practical approach this time.


We’ll be looking at some of the means of filtering (at both the wide-scale and the home user level) and the technical issues with them, including how easily they can be bypassed. Rest assured that if there is a way to bypass a control, a child will find it – especially if they are actively seeking out pornography!


This document looks at the issue of pornography in particular, but applies to most materials that may be censored.