UK internet users have been blocked from accessing parts of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia because of concerns over a "potentially illegal" image of a naked child. Some internet providers have banned access to an article displaying a controversial album cover by German heavy metal band The Scorpions, which has had the knock-on effect of leaving users unable to edit the volunteer-led encyclopaedia. Internet Watch Foundation - an independent self-regulatory body - added the web address of the page to a voluntary blacklist sent to around 95 per cent of UK internet service providers ISPs and other online companies.
Gold is a compilation album by German hard rock band Scorpions. It was released in on Hip-O Records. The record, released as part of the Gold album series, is one of the group's few career-spanning sets.
Yesterday's scandal over the UK Internet Watch Foundation's attempt to censor a purportedly pedophiliac Wikipedia entry raises some important questions about unintended technical consequences of Internet censorship systems. Censorship technologies are purveyed as a way to protect us from the evils of child abuse. But they're costly systems that are unlikely to actually protect anyone or prevent any child abuse — they're more likely to interfere with the way the Internet works and hamper innovation by online communities.
Username or Email Address. Remember Me. Because the cover — which features a naked prepubescent girl — is on a child-pornography blacklist compiled by the Internet Watch Foundation. But the story doesn't end there — because of the way ISPs are
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British internet providers have blocked access to parts of Wikipedia after accusations that the site was carrying "potentially illegal" images of child pornography. Reports from users suggest that Virgin Media, O2's Be internet service and others have blocked access to at least one Wikipedia article after it was placed on a blacklist by the Internet Watch Foundation, Britain's de facto online watchdog. The offending article, about German rock group The Scorpions' album Virgin Killers, included an image of the record's controversial cover - which featured a young naked girl with her genitals obscured by a crack in the camera lens.
The ban by the Internet Watch Foundation, which helps Internet providers block access to child pornography and other content that is illegal in Britain, meant that 95 percent of broadband users in that country would have been unable to reach the article about the album on Wikipedia. But it also had the unintended consequence of preventing editing on the entire Wikipedia site within Britain, raising the pressure on all sides to find a solution quickly. None of the parties involved seemed pleased with how the controversy played out.
Millions of computers users are no longer able to access the article about the Scorpions' album Virgin Killer after several internet service providers banned it on the advice of the Internet Watch Foundation IWF. It said it had consulted the police before adding the page to its list of proscribed sites, which is widely used by internet firms, including AOL, PlusNet, Sky and Talk Talk, to filter out images showing child abuse and other illegal content. A spokesman for IWF said that as many as 95 per cent of British users would now be unable to access the page.
The IWF says the image in question is illegal, or potentially illegal. What does the Wikimedia Foundation say? From the Wikimedia Foundation Governance Wiki.
A Wikipedia page showing an image of an album cover by German heavy metal band The Scorpions has been blocked following allegations of potential illegality. The Internet Watch Foundation has said the image, which shows a naked pre-pubescent girl, could be illegal under present British law, leading many Internet Service Providers to block the page. The design clearly tried to provoke the establishment and it is not a design I would use, but contrary the image has not been blocked.