Open Rights Group and LSE Media Policy Project launched a new report, ‘Mobile Internet censorship: what’s happening and what we can do about it’ on Monday 14th May.
The report reveals widespread over-blocking, showing that political commentaries, personal blogs, restaurants’ sites and community websites have been blocked incorrectly on mobile networks’ child protection filters.
It calls on mobile operators to give parents an ‘active choice’ to turn filters on, and to be far more transparent about how their systems work.
The report also argues that applying similar blocks to fixed-line broadband, something advocated by Claire Perry MP, will have the same damaging consequences.
Peter Bradwell of Open Rights Group and author of the report, said:
“This report shows how child protection filters can actually affect many more users than intended and block many more sites than they should. These blunt blocks effectively add up to a system of censorship across UK networks. Here to read more.