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April 13, 2005


Jack Krupansky

And is this a good or bad thing? Should corporate minions be reading our blogs during working hours or not? How many blogs are really suited for children?

I wonder if the aggregators are on the Nannyware black list.

Maybe we simply need some standalone blog filter sites that "certify" that they only syndicate "good" blog content. Unfortunately, that would allow the XML-ized blog content through, but not allow feedback comments, unless XML feeds had a "push comment back to source" feature added.

-- Jack Krupansky

Alice Marshall

This does not upset me. If a corporation simply wants to reduce the possibility of workers wasting time this seems to be legitimate. I would far rather corporations block access to blogs than have them monitor worker's web surfing.

Andrew Kantor

I see that my friend's blog is blocked, even though he's not hosted on a public server (e.g., Blogger). In fact, he's hosted by your typcial, generic Web-hosting company.

The logic? The Web-hosting company hosts (gasp!) multiple users (i.e., it's not

"Although many of these Web page providers post rules and regulations for content, they do not always adequately monitor this content. Users often abuse Web page services by posting offensive content under multiple pseudonyms."

So it's not blocking blogs. It's blocking, well, shovels-ful of Web pages.

Dan Gillmor

Using bulldozers to move pebbles.


When my discussion forum, The Perfect World was on the list at Websense, I approached Websense directly. I pointed out that my site was more of an alternative magazine or a news site, just as Slashdot and MetaFilter were categorized.

My appeal was successful and my site was reclassified.

If other blogs make it through the filter, that's the approach I'd recommend.


As I found out last october, our blog is blocked by gpl software DansGuardian (used in some public libraries in germany). Just a question of time until the commercial vendors catch up to this really really progressive and great piece free software.

Stan Krute

One of the sad aspects of such heavy-handed
filtration is that schools receiving public
money for internet connection are REQUIRED
to have site filters in place, and that
my experience with such filters in schools
are that they block large numbers of completely
innocent and useful sites for no apparent reason.

Another aspect of the willful dumbing down
of a once-greater nation by our supposedly-conservative actually-fascist-tending
republican power-holders.

-- stan

Seth Finkelstein


If you think the above is a revelation, checkout all the material at my

Censorware Investigations

Secret LOOPHOLES, banning the Google cache, image searches being considered pornography - this has all happened, and not gotten a whole lot of converage.

It's long been known that blog servers are considered free pages. People who investigate censorware didn't think that would be considered newsworthy.

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