We have had an email report that SpyBlog appears to be being blacklisted at the easyInternetcafé internet café franchise within the McDonald's fast food restaurant in Earl's Court in London.
Apparently, the WebSense censorware software has been configured to blacklist SpyBlog under the category of:
Illegal or Questionable
Sites that provide instruction in or promote nonviolent crime or unethical or dishonest behavior or the avoidance of prosecution therefore. [sic]
We consider this false accusation presumably being published to lots of WebSense's customers worldwide, to be tantamount to libel !
It is interesting that WebSense's marketing claims that using their product helps in "decreasing the risk of legal liability", but neglects to the mention the increased risk of being held legally liable for promulgating a libel.
We would appreciate some help from our readers (many of whom will have multiple ways of accessing the internet) to see if this is, as we suspect due to an error in WebSense's master blacklist database, or whether SpyBlog is being specifically censored by either McDonald's Restaurants Ltd, or easyInternetcafé Ltd, or their franchisee Internet Access Ltd.
Please let us know if you are blocked from accessing either
or our current web hosting space
by WebSense or any other censorware software.
It is ironic that we wrote recently about the collateral damage which censorware invariably causes to innocent third parties:
See: Response from the European Commission regarding the policy of censoring "terrorist" web sites - part 1 and the following 3 blog articles.