Monday, 15 March 2010

Website blocking doesn't work - research

The Digital Economy Bill debates are becoming quite topical - e.g. they will be featured on the BBC 1 Panorama programme tonight "Are the Net Police Coming for You?".

So I thought it was worth drawing attention again to a study on internet blocking which I'd blogged previously, which was published in October 2009 - "Internet Blocking: Balancing Cybercrime Responses in Democratic Societies" (PDF, 222 pgs) which concludes that attempts to block web content often backfire:

“Technically, it is difficult. Legally, it is problematic. Above all, it represents a real threat to the free transfer of information and conflicts with basic democratic principles.”

For a summary, see the 16 October 2009 press release on the research paper.

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