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[liberationtech] filtered on ATT? (was Re: Website censorship in the US)

Brian Conley brianc at
Thu Dec 19 16:39:06 PST 2013


Brian said in another post that he thought IP blockage sounds fair and
> asked for response. Well, I've been through IP blocks and they are
> pure, unmitigated hell -- all kinds of people losing their website
> visibility and ability to communicate by email because one site was
> taken over by some moron doing spamming. Restoring the IP is a process
> because you have to do a bunch of things including detect which of the
> sites on the server was violating. Try doing that with the server shut
> off the Internet! I is the world is *that* fair? I can't
> see any legitimate reason for an IP block in a democratic society and,
> trust me, they occur all the time.
> Not everyone on this list knows about this stuff and I think we should
> be able to talk about it. No?


Alfredo, just to clarify, I did not meant to imply filtering/blocking was
"fair," where that implies "justified" or "right."  I only meant that it
seemed understandable why AT&T would engage in this behavior, not that we
shouldn't actively organize and agitate against it. I also believe we need
a high amount of clarity around the specifics of any filtering event to
best assess how to proceed. You can see via my @BaghdadBrian account on
Twitter that I've taken some steps to try and understand why it's been
filtered, unfortunately they didn't get very far.



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