It's almost as if the UK is **trying** to be a shining example of the
"slippery slope" we often refer to when talking about the dangers of filtering
the Internet. Either that, or they're secretly creating absurdist art. Whether
it's the government's porn filter architect getting arrested for child porn,
the UK's filters blocking useful and entirely legal websites, or the desire to
expand Internet filters to include ambiguously defined "extremist content,"
the UK has finally achieved high comedy with its stumbling, bumbling foray
into trying to clean up the Internet of its naughty bits.
With the country's Pirate Bay filters going so well (as in not really well at
all), the UK is engaged in a heated game of whac-a-mole to stop users from
accessing the Pirate Bay specifically and BitTorrent websites in general.
Despite years of effort and expenditures it remains relatively simple for most
UK residents to dodge these bans, quite often by either changing simple DNS
settings or by using a proxy server. BitTorrent has made it easier by often
switching IP addresses, and when that doesn't work, users can still access the
website via dedicated proxy sites. UK ISPs were ...