[funsec] Websense and political censorship

Larry Seltzer Larry at larryseltzer.com
Wed Apr 4 09:44:47 CDT 2007

That's hardly the issue. It's not being blocked by WebSense because it's
"non work-related" but because they disapprove of the politics. If they
blocked all political sites that would be another matter, but I don't
know if they do. Perhaps they do.

Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
larryseltzer at ziffdavis.com 

-----Original Message-----
From: funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org [mailto:funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org]
On Behalf Of Drsolly
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 10:28 AM
To: Richard M. Smith
Cc: funsec at linuxbox.org
Subject: Re: [funsec] Websense and political censorship

Should people be accessing political web sites from work? Is that part
of his job description? If it isn't, then he's wasting time that his
company is paying him for.

On Wed, 4 Apr 2007, Richard M. Smith wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm not a big fan of the Little Green Footballs Web site, but I 
> sometimes read it to see what conservatives are saying about
particular news events.
> Yesterday, a reader of LGF was unable to go to the Web site from his 
> work computer because of Websense blocking software.  Today this 
> person got a reply that an employee at Websense has decided that the 
> site is promoting "racism and hate".  Does anyone know why Websense is

> in the political censorship business?
> By chance, I was also reading comments about a Boston Globe story on 
> subprime leading.  Some of the posts came across as racist to me.  
> Should the Boston Globe also be censored?  Here are the messages:
>    http://tinyurl.com/2a4c5j
> Richard M. Smith
> http://www.ComputerBytesMan.com
>   _____
> http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=25008_Update-_Websense_B
> lockin
> g_LGF_-_Indeed_They_Are
> <http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=25008_Update-_Websense_
> Blocki
> ng_LGF_-_Indeed_They_Are&only> &only
> From: Websense [...]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 3:09 PM
> To: [...]
> Subject: Thank you for your Websense DB Update inquiry
> Thank you for writing to Websense. 
> The site you submitted has been reviewed. We have found that it is 
> best classified accordingly:
> http://littlegreenfootballs.com/ - Racism and Hate
> For our category definitions, please refer to:
> [Link:
> http://www.websense.com/global/en/ProductsServices/MasterDatabase/URLC
> ategor
> ies.php
> <http://ww2.websense.com/global/en/ProductsServices/MasterDatabase/URL
> Catego
> ries.php> ]
> Please note that it is your organization's Websense administrator who 
> determines what categories are to be restricted. If you would like to 
> access this site, we recommend that you contact this person and 
> request that either the category or specific URL be custom-permitted.
> Thank you for your inquiry,
> The Websense Database Services Staff
> D.G. 
> Tuesday, April 03, 2007 12:08:08 PM

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