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    Interesting censorship...

    I was using my laptop in the public library in Washington NC yesterday, and although I could access MOST of this website, it blocked me from the NC forum--saying it was a "violation of the Terms of Use Agreement"...

    I could read the MD, DC, PA, and VA forums, and most of the non-state threads, but it would not let me access the NC-specific forum. I wasn't using the Library's computers--I was on my own laptop connected via WiFi.


    I was wondering if anyone else had run into this at their local public library.

    And I wonder what Benjamin Franklin--the father of the American Public Library system--would think of public libraries censoring access to 1A and 2A-related websites.

    I for one, am appalled...
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    Odd... What did IT/Management say when you asked them about it?

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    I'm a little surprised that the network was able to block your access to certain sites, using your laptop. I thought such software had to be on the computer you were using (as in a library's desktop systems). The network could block a range of IP addresses, but apparently did not block the IP of OCDO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger Johnson View Post
    I'm a little surprised that the network was able to block your access to certain sites, using your laptop. I thought such software had to be on the computer you were using (as in a library's desktop systems). The network could block a range of IP addresses, but apparently did not block the IP of OCDO.
    Wireless Access Point is another fancy term for a router. It is within reason to believe that a content filter may be in place between the library network and the Internet. In fact, it can be quite simple to set up.
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    Sounds like they have a filter set up to block certain strings. I'm just curious as to why it would block specific sub-forums while allowing others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger Johnson View Post
    I'm a little surprised that the network was able to block your access to certain sites, using your laptop. I thought such software had to be on the computer you were using (as in a library's desktop systems). The network could block a range of IP addresses, but apparently did not block the IP of OCDO.
    There are network appliances capable of filtering many things by any number of triggers for any reason. Whether it is an URL, or IP address, time of day, page content, trigger words contained in the plugins or language otherwise.

    Do not be surprised. Most common household routers that most people own these days are capable of these things. Enterprise level stuff (which is most likely used in this case) has much more capability to weed out whatever the IT department deems inappropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattwestm View Post
    Sounds like they have a filter set up to block certain strings. I'm just curious as to why it would block specific sub-forums while allowing others.
    Could have been a single specific word contained in a thread in that sub forum that triggered the block. Cannot know unless you ask whoever is in charge of their network.
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    They may have just put a general filter on it, espescially if they have computers around the library linked up to them where small kids can get on them i suppose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VW_Factor View Post
    Could have been a single specific word contained in a thread in that sub forum that triggered the block. Cannot know unless you ask whoever is in charge of their network.
    This... All it takes is one word in a title to trigger the block... Shame on the library....

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    But I bet you can look at all the porn you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    But I bet you can look at all the porn you want.
    Try looking up some of Oleg Volk's naked girl w/ gun pics & see if that is blocked.

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    I would definately call that strange, but not unheard of. I know of all the ways sites can be censored, but I'm wondering what particular string triggered it.

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