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Pledge “boycottcensors”

"I will move to an ISP that does not censor my Internet access but only if 1,000 other people in the UK will do the same."

— Alex Tingle

Deadline to sign up by: 10th January 2009
146 people signed up, 854 more were needed

Country: United Kingdom

More details
The following UK Internet Service Providers are censoring their users' web-access:
- Opal Telecommunications
- Virgin Media
- Be Unlimited/O2/Telefonica
- Demon Internet
- Easynet/UK Online/Sky
- Plusnet
- Eclipse Internet / Kingston Communications

On 5 December 2008, it was noticed that access to Wikipedia from the United Kingdom was being routed through a small number of "transparent" proxies, and that access to an article (Virgin Killer) and image (Image:Virgin_Killer.jpg) which appeared on that article were being blocked completely to people using those proxies.

The censored page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Killer

More details:
http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:A...
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/07/...

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Comments on this pledge

  • I do not believe that my ISP has the right to censor my Internet access.
  • Um, could you list ISPs that do NOT filter this page? I'd switch, but I don't know which ISP can be trusted not to do tricks like this.
    John Smith, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'm pretty sure BT doesn't censor anything. Yet.

    I plan to switch from my 24Mb Be Broadband package to BT's 20Mb.
    Dave (Be Broadband), 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'm on Plusnet and *can* view the page. Any idea what's going on?
    Sam, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • John Smith asked, "Could you list ISPs that do NOT filter this page?"

    It would appear that six of them do, but the other couple of hundred don't. On that basis, it would seem somewhat easier to list the six that do.

    You could start here in your search for a new ISP:
    http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=choo...

    If you hunt out one that has made public statements like this:
    http://forums.aquiss.net/viewtopic.php?f...
    you're very likely to be on the right track. (Disclaimer: I have no link to Aquiss, I just appreciate the fact that they're upfront with their customers).
    Tim, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Not concerned whether there's a thousand others or not - I'm doing it anyway... Does anyone have a list of /safe/ ISPs (who provide Real internet access?)
    Tom Lawton, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I use Tiscali, and as of 6th Dec '08, at about 20:00, I could access the Virgin Killer page on Wikipedia that so many UK users couldn't.
    Stwalkerster (on en.wikipedia.org), 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I will look into getting a list of censorship-free ISPs. However for now, please concentrate on getting as many people to sign this pledge as possible.

    Our goal should be to ensure that NONE of the UK's ISPs are censoring our Internet. To change the minds of those that do, we need to show them that large numbers of us care about freedom of speech.

    If you do choose to switch immediately, then please be sure to tell them why you are switching. Make a big fuss about it...

    ...then go and tell your friends about this pledge!
  • Avoiding those ISP which are members of the Internet Watch Foundation would be a start:
    http://www.iwf.org.uk/funding/page.64.htm
    This is the organisation that provides the (private) URL shitlists.
    abc, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Andrews and Arnold Ltd have stated that they will not censor traffic: http://www.aaisp.net.uk/kb-broadband-rea...
  • On PlusNet, only the image itself (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Virgi...) is censored (not the thumbnail). Evidently it has to be a certain size to be kiddie porn or something.
    Tom Lawton, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • My T-mobile 3G connection blocks the text of the page (which presumably is not alleged to be illegal). I presume this is a violation of the terms and conditions?
    Waiming Chan, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • You should report it as a technical problem. If they say its deliberate, ask them to send you the applicable parts of the terms and conditions from the contract. Don't accept them just referring you to find it yourself. We need to let the ISPs know that they will have to spend a lot of time justifying their actions if they fail to deliver the connectivity service they advertise to gain our business.
    Brett Patterson, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • The webpage is viewable from my home computer, my ISP is Aquiss.

    I'm currently at work, we have Plusnet here so I'm assuming it's blocked here but I feel it probably wouldn't be wise to check here...
    Rachel, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Blimey. Censored for me using virgin media, get a blank page. Pretty scary, what's going to be censored next? I'm surprised it's even legal for virgin media to do this.
    Robin Arnold, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • It's censored on BT too.

    hurrah for the free world!
    Kevin, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • thePhone.Coop hasn't censored it as far as I can tell (I've checked a few times today) and I've asked the candidates in the current election for their views. Already this year, tPC have promised not to use Phorm or a similar system. (My cooperative is agent AG471 if you'd like to thank me for telling you ;-)
  • Even if Virgin Media censor it for you, you can still buy it from the Virgin Megastore.

    Hypocrite much?
  • http://ukfsn.org/ offer a variety of ISP options. All their profit goes to support open source projects.

    And as far as I know, they just provide you with an internet connection - no accompanying nanny.
    Murray, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Contrary to what is being reported, the IWF has not blocked the image. It is accesible via Wikipedia at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en... and thousands of other places on the net. Note that only the article discussing this vintage album cover sleeve on Wikipedia was blocked by the Blind Faith Zealots from Cambridge (UK), home of puritans.

    Blocking this image runs c contrary to the freedom of information we expect from the Internet. People who find this image to disturbing should grow up or not look at it. I don’t think that this childish action by the IWF has any impact on Paedophiles and other perverts.
  • UK-FSN have just got back to me, confirming that they have a no-censorship policy. They've posted it as a notice on their front page: http://www.ukfsn.org/
  • Be Broadband have unblocked the image.
    Dave (Be Broadband), 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Its a pity that the ISP's done just block all the porn/peadiphile sites instead rather than worrying about the odd record sleeve picture
    joginder singh foley, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Demon seem to be blocking parts of the Internet Archive (www.archive.org).

    From a Demon ISP connection a URL search at archive.org correctly gives a list of archived pages, but the links from these pages are all somehow munged to point to iwfwebfilter.thus.net even for legitimate content.
    George, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I use sky but I don't use them as a DNS server I use freedns which seems to work round the system
    Martin Hazel, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Alex Tingle, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • jamus Wood
  • Jay MacDonald
  • Richard Rothwell
  • Robin Burchell
  • Simon Greenwood
  • Robin S
  • Simon Gibbs (O2 user)
  • Duncan Hothersall
  • Paul Nolan
  • helen wilkinson-makey
  • Persephone Hazard
  • Angus Ireland
  • Dave (Be Broadband)
  • Andrew Hickey
  • Lee Hickey
  • Tom Lawton
  • Neil de Carteret
  • Stuart Bailey
  • Marc Simms
  • Scott Clay
  • Jonathan Ridgway
  • Dave Ward
  • Nick Hill (Virgin Media)
  • John Imrie
  • Glen McNamee
  • John PM Chappell
  • Owen Blacker
  • Jon Dowland
  • Milos Rancic
  • Tom Walker
  • Oxana O (Be broadband)
  • Konstantinos Natsakis
  • Guy Rintoul
  • Andrew Ednie
  • Chris Papaioannou
  • Yojan Shrestha
  • Pedro Corbett
  • matthew solle
  • Helena M
  • Tom Pengilley
  • Owen Duffy
  • jon head
  • joginder singh foley
  • Ed Truckell
  • Ross Fenning
  • Peter Williams
  • Eric Walmsley
  • Richard Fletcher
  • Mark Webb
  • Kneale Faragher
  • Hugh Parker
  • Tony Dodd
  • Richard Bogle
  • Ronald T. Dainton
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Chris Mear
  • Daniel Bartlett
  • Andy Ward
  • Chris Ovenden
  • Andrew Freemantle
  • Dave Prince
  • John Conway
  • Rachel
  • Feargal Hogan
  • Thierry Dodin
  • Robin Arnold
  • Barney Balmforth
  • Frank Pennycook
  • DAVID URMSTON
  • Simon Davis
  • Harry Alton
  • Chris Baxter
  • Robin Edwards
  • Tony Humphreys
  • Raby Whyte
  • Chris Miller
  • Joe MacMahon
  • Adam Hirst
  • Tim Morley
  • Phil
  • Mr Malcolm Wood
  • Simon Johnson
  • David Mudkips
  • Mark Powell
  • Scott Lyon
  • Jerry Drake
  • Richard
  • leslie dorringotn
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  • Casey Jones
  • keith mitchell
  • Martin Klefas-Stennett
  • Derek Williams
  • Lee Popman
  • Adam Gibbins
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  • Benjamin Greenberg
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  • Richard Strickland
  • Stefan Isendahl
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  • David Caldwell
  • Dr. Jonathan Hughes
  • Howard Thorp
  • Mercedes
  • Paul Templeton
  • Peter Chamberlin
  • 32 people who did not want to give their names, 1 of whom has done the pledge

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