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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

5/31/2004

Porn, More Porn than you can imagine

As regular readers know I do a blog about installing filters in libraries. I do it with my strange friend Bob Turner. He blogs about filtering here.

In the course of writing about internet filtering there has been a huge argument about the "tranparency" of the block lists. Basically, many filtering companies keep their block lists encrypted. This means libraries, inter alia, have no real idea of what is being blocked when they buy a filter. Not so IF2K, Bob's filter.

But the anti-filter activists and the librarians simply don't want to know so Bob has gone a step further in the quest for transparency. He has posted his porn block list with live links to the sites.

Now this may very well be the most boring bit of pornography you will ever see. It is a list of the URLs (which are linked) for every site Bob's filter blocks. But it also makes the point that there is a lot of the stuff out there and it is possible to disclose the list and still filter.

You can find the site here http://research.internetfilter.com/research.php. It is safe for work but not one of the links is.