Blacklisted by Cyber Patrol
From Ada to Yoyo
A report from The Censorware Project
It was startling to realize that, using our limited and slow search
techniques, we were able to find over fifty machines at internet service
providers which are blocked outright. Often, separate users' accounts
are hosted on the same machine. Instead of blocking
one user's directory,
the software, in these cases, has the potential to block much, much
As with the sites in the
we have spent hours looking for any sexually explicit material these
server machines might have, asking search engines to scan the sites, and
checking the sites themselves by hand. None of these listed contained
much if any material that would qualify in either the FullNude or
the SexActs categories.
Information Network. The system administrator comments that this
machine "has been one of our main ISP web servers, housing approx.
200 customers in subdirectories." FullNude SexActs.
Over 170 pages. FullNude SexActs.
a Belgian service provider. As the administrator put it: "more than
50 sites are hosted on the machine; this means more than 1000
interesting pages won't be available to anyone using this piece of
crap software." FullNude SexActs.
Similar to GeoCities, Tripod allows users to create their own websites.
According to the
Tripod home page,
there are 1.4 million webpages on
One point four million.
makes it quite clear: "Tripod does not allow Web pages containing
sexually explicit material, nudity, or pirated software." And their
Terms of Service
go farther, prohibiting "pages that exploit the images of children ...
material that is grossly offensive ... pages that promote illegal
activity ... material that defames, abuses or threatens others ... pages
that contain material inconsistent with the values of the spirit of the
None of this helps the users who abide by these terms. All 1.4
million pages are blocked not just as FullNude SexActs but
through the entire spectrum: Militant/Extreme Quest/Illegal/Gamble
Booze/Cigs Violence/Profanity PartNude FullNude SexActs Gross Intol Cult
Over 40 pages. FullNude SexActs.
Even this ISP's strict content
-- pages cannot have "anything obscene" -- didn't save it from being
classified as FullNude SexActs.
A Spanish bulletin-board system. Contains a link to "XXX-Files" on
another site, but this site doesn't get any racier than a
Babylon 5 discussion forum. FullNude SexActs.
A South African service provider, hosting webpages for 45 users; the
administrator estimates "only two contain any material I would classify
PartNude and FullNude." FullNude SexActs.
is "a student run server at Monash University in Melbourne,
Australia" with 5,000 student accounts and over 6,000 web pages.
Every page is blocked as FullNude SexActs.
FullNude SexActs. The administrator comments:
"At one time Stansworld did have an adult site, but it was
removed to its own domain
months ago. Stansworld was then converted to a full business site.
Presently there are no links or any adult content on this domain."
Over 350 pages. FullNude SexActs.
- JDV Enterprises.
Over 1300 pages. FullNude SexActs.
This single entry in Cyber Patrol's database blocks the IP number
Such a block covers 50 web
sites, including a
toxicology consulting firm and a
diesel engine part manufacturer,
blocking them all as FullNude SexActs.
Some of the sites appear to have moved to a different IP address
since the list at
was last updated, so all 50 sites may not be blocked. Notably, the one
site which was likely to be sexually explicit --
has moved to another address, so this entry blocks only innocent
webpages, and no explicit material.
A Brazilian service provider; over 70 pages. FullNude SexActs.
with vendors selling
Over 50 pages. FullNude SexActs.
Update: dreamon.com was formerly on this list without comment, but
we were informed that it hosted adult sites as of May 1997. It doesn't
appear to anymore, but pending further information it's been removed
from our list. 12/23/97
Update: www.satisfaction.simplenet.com and instantaccess.net, also
formerly on this list without comment, were also removed, and should not
have been listed in the first place. As we had
most of the rest of these sites were unblocked. Some, surprisingly, were
goes into detail. 12/25/97
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