November 16, 2017

Pennsylvania Forces ISPs to Block Porn Sites

By LJ Staff

Pennsylvania is forcing Internet providers to block web sites that include child pornography, which means a large amount of legitimate material is blocked, thus disturbing civil libertarians. According to the AP, lawyers from the Center for Democracy and Technology want Pennsylvania’s attorney general to explain what the state is doing. The center instead recommends aggressive prosecution of those publishing child porn.

Only one Internet provider, WorldCom, has objected; while its lawyers say the company doesn’t support child pornography, the filters would block subscribers from visiting thousands of web sites ‘completely unrelated in content and ownership’ to the pornographic material. The reason: web sites often share the same numerical Internet address with dozens of other sites. In such cases, according to a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general, authorities have contacted the web-hosting companies and ordered them to shut down only the illegal sites.

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