The UK government is pressuring the major ISPs to enable on by default filtering, and the countries major ISP - BT - who most other networks piggyback upon already has agreed to this.
The filter is originally just to block pornography, supposedly to protect children. However history has shown that it is never just the one thing. Before even having full support with all the major ISPs David Cameron has announced plans to extend this to cover what he calls 'extremist' sites.
I want to raise awareness of what he is trying to do to the internet using social media and - if funding allows - traditional forms of advertising.
The big issue with filters - as already mentioned - is that pornography is just the beginning.
When David Cameron says extremist sites he is intentionally leaving it incredibly open to interpretation and will undoubtedly have some very creative interpretations of that. It will start off with terrorist boards and sites - but why would it make a difference. They will just use Tor. Then it will be bent to cover political parties such as 'The Pirate Party' where it will cause serious damage.
Some sites may end up being on the compulsory block lists along with sites like the Pirate Bay, which since being blocked just over a year ago has been joined by countless other sites (see here). Some sites had been added supposedly by accident, such as several wordpress blogs.
What he is doing is getting us used to censorship, if he were to block half of the internet today there would be protests. If he blocks just a few sites, its allowed. They can then slowly ramp up the level of censorship until it gets to god knows what level.
We need to act now, and kill censorship before it takes off - we can not just lie down and leave the internet in the hands of those that do not understand it.
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We cannot allow the Government to have totalitarian control over the internet - the internet is meant to be completely free and open