Du blocks Flickr

I'd like to thank du for making my job more difficult than it has to be

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By  Mark Sutton Published  March 18, 2009

I'd like to thank du for making my job more difficult than it has to be.

While Etisalat has blocked image sharing site flickr.com for some time, presumably on the grounds that we might see some rude pictures on it, du hadn't also followed suit and blocked the site, until this week.

While the total lack of co-ordination or common sense around blocking of web sites is clearly the fault of the TRA, I'd held a vague hope that du might just be following a more sensible policy than Etisalat and the TRA.

But no. They've blocked it. A site that is used by Cisco, EMC and a host of other IT-savvy companies as a convenient and efficient way to share images of corporate events and launches is blocked, because we might see something naughty. No pictures of Cisco's UCS launch for us, I'm afraid.

Have these people ever done a search on the web? Seriously, an image search for just about anything will turn up illicit content (Rule 34 of the Internet...), no need to bypass the proxy or use any other tricks, just a plain old unfiltered search will do. Their attempts to block 'inappropriate' material are up there with King Cnut trying to turn back the tide.

This time, just for fun, I'm going to put in a request to du to unblock Flickr. The forms are here, if you'd like to join in. But I'm not holding my breath that it will work...

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