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Google Chrome Web App ‘Go Away Cameron’ Defeats UK Porn Block 

Users of the Google Chrome Web Browser discovered that they could bypass the very expensive anti-porn filter the UK Government has insisted service providers introduce by adding a simple add-on to the browser. The bypass app became available within a day of the filter going live.

The app, called ‘Go Away Cameron’ in reference to the British Prime Minister David Cameron who has made a big issue of cleaning up the internet, uses a fairly basic rerouting of users traffic via proxies.

As the filter cost close to ₤50 million to develop and implement, that it has been defeated so easily underlines both the futility of trying to censor the web and just how little the UK Government seems to understand about exactly how the internet works.

Controversy surrounded the filter in the day that it was active before a bypass was released. This was due to the filter’s flaws that saw perfectly legitimate sites blocked for being pornographic. These included rape crisis help sites and general advice web pages, and most embarrassingly the Gay & Lesbian Forum hosted by the Liberal Democrats, the political party currently in a coalition government with David Cameron’s Conservative Party.

Despite the ineffectiveness and cost of this filter it is likely to remain in place purely for show. The old adage “keep calm and carry on” is applicable here, since both David Cameron and the UK Government can point to the filter and say that at least they are trying to do something.

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