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December 8, 2008

UK ISPs censor Wikipedia

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by David Allen

It looks as if a group of internet service providers have started to route all Wikipedia traffic through several transparent proxy servers as a means of blocking access to the user updated online encyclopaedia.

The ISPs at the centre of this incident are Virgin Media, Be Unlimited - O2 - Telefonica, EasyNet - UK Online, PlusNet, Demon, and Opal.

This all started when the Wikipedia pages were placed onto a child pornography blacklist by the Internet Watch Foundation.

The problems stem back to an article regarding a certain German heavy rock band from the 1970’s.

However, in routing the Wikipedia enquires through a transparent server virtually all users will be banned too.

This is because all users from one ISP will look the same as everyone else with that provider.

This could cause some serious errors down the line for all users of these ISPs.

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