Censoring Sky

A UK internet service provider has "default" filters

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Yesterday, Sky, a UK broadband provider announced that all adult content would be blocked by default, unless otherwise specified to opt out of the censor.

In the past couple months, the UK has made serious strides toward pornography censorship, including illegalizing a large list of of sex acts from porn. Yesterday, Sky, a UK broadband provider announced that all adult content would be blocked by default, unless otherwise specified to opt out of the censor.

In a blogpost, Lyssa McGowan, Brand Director, said that cyberspace has too many security risks, especially for children, and so this new automatic Sky Broadband Shield is aimed to protect those with family-friendly interests. Current customers will receive emails by the end of January to remind them of the new security setting, and will give them the option to adjust or decline at any time. The new system will begin phasing in the next couple of weeks. 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron began a campaign in 2013 to pressure internet service providers (ISPs) to institute mandatory filtering systems. Since then, most ISPs have intensified their previous filtering software, but Sky is the first to create a sensorship “default” system.

Once activated, Sky customers will be unable to access websites with filters unless they alter their settings. According to McGowan, "What we're doing now is simply making sure that the automatic position of Sky Broadband Shield is the safest one for all - that's 'on', unless customers choose otherwise”.

The ISP systems are all set up at a network level, which automatically filters all devices that are connected to the home router.