BT’s CleanFeed and Online Censorship in UK | 2008

BT’s CleanFeed and Online Censorship in UK | 2008

Download the whole research at:
https://webobserver.net/wp-content/files/cleanfeed_edition1.pdf

Data Related to Web Filtering
In UK, no similar survey was conducted until 2007 when Nikolaos Koumartzis conduct one on a limited scale. In summary, the survey showed that 90.21% of all UK Internet users were unaware of the existence of CleanFeed system and from the few that heard about it before only 14.81% were deeply aware of it. Even fewer learnt about CleanFeed by official statements of the participating bodies (11.1% from UK government’s statements and 22.2% of BT’s statements). What’s more, 60.87% of the participants did not trust BT and 65.22% did not trust IWF either to be responsible for a silent content blocking system in UK.
The interesting part though regarding UK survey was that the majority of the participants preferred an open content blocking system targeting child abuse content, rather than no Internet regulation at all. More specific, 65.2% of UK Internet users would like to see a message stating that the website is blocked, 57.3% to have access to a requesting form for unblocking a website and 68.5% to see a better and more frequent briefing by BT, IWF and UK government.

Source: Koumartzis, N., 2008. BT’s CleanFeed and Online Censorship in UK: Improvements for a More Secure and Ethically Correct Systeym, Thesis, Ma Publishing, London College of Communication (University of the Arts London).

About the Survey
The survey was conducted online over an almost 3-months period, from June 6th 2008 until August 31st 2008. It managed to gather 123 responses from participants based on UK after publicizing the survey through UK forums and mailing lists. Since this survey was open, it was of crucial importance to maintain data integrity.
For this reason, only verified responses were accepted and analyzed. There were four simple verification keys based on the information that the used survey software could collect (i.e. www.esurveyspro.com):
1.     Successful completion of the entire questionnaire,
2.     No more than two questionnaires filled by the same IP (there were some exceptions, see below),
3.     Time of completion no more than 15 minutes and
4.     Time of completion no less than 2 minutes.

Source: Koumartzis, N., 2008. BT’s CleanFeed and Online Censorship in UK: Improvements for a More Secure and Ethically Correct Systeym, Thesis, Ma Publishing, London College of Communication (University of the Arts London).

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