[funsec] Websense and political censorship

rms at computerbytesman.com rms at computerbytesman.com
Wed Apr 4 12:14:19 CDT 2007


Thanks for the update.

I'm wondering how these other political Websites are classified by Websense:

  http://www.hedweb.com/hedethic/animutop.htm
  http://www.debbieschlussel.com/
  http://www.davidduke.com/
  http://www.insearchofaztlan.com/plan.html
  http://www.nogaymarriage.com/
  http://struggle.ws/once/irl_imp.html
  http://biblia.com/abortion/
  http://www.larouchepub.com/
  http://www.aim.org
  http://www.911truth.org/
  http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/
  http://www.animalliberationfront.com/
  http://www.vdare.com/
  http://www.city-journal.org/html/14_1_the_illegal_alien.html

Richard







> The site was reviewed last night and we re-classified it into "news and
> media". All customers who have real-time updates enabled would have been
> fixed as of last night. Customers who use nightly downloads will see the
> change on their next download interval.
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> From: funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org [mailto:funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org]
> On Behalf Of Richard M. Smith
> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 7:13 AM
> To: funsec at linuxbox.org
> Subject: [funsec] Websense and political censorship
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> 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
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> Richard M. Smith
> http://www.ComputerBytesMan.com
>
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> http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=25008_Update-_Websense_Blo
> cking_LGF_-_Indeed_They_Are&only
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> 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/URLCat
> egories.php
> <http://ww2.websense.com/global/en/ProductsServices/MasterDatabase/URLCa
> tegories.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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