More than 247,000 attempts to visit X-rated sites were made on the parliament's network last year, with figures spiking when MPs were on holiday from the chamber.
Without any specific information the reasons for access are not clear. Some may have been for the purpose of research but would ordinary members of the electorate be allowed such excuses?
If you operate a website online it could be classed as 'adult' themed and censored by British authorities but Open Rights Group has alerted us to an online tool which can quickly and easily check any URL.
We thought we would check out NEWTEKWORLDNEWS at the resource and are pleased to report we came out smelling fresh. There was however this point to note;
We're testing using the default "adult content" filter levels for each network. This means the degree of filtering varies across our test lines. Our results may differ from your experience if you use another level of filtering on your network, or if filters are disabled.
Pop over to the Blocked resource if you want to check any URL.
Additional information from the Open Rights Group;
It’s been a year since we launched blocked.org.uk, a tool that lets people check whether websites are incorrectly blocked by filters. At its launch, we showed that around 1 in 5 sites were blocked by some kind of parental control. We knew that many of these websites posed no harm to children. Over the last year, we’ve heard from businesses, bloggers and charities whose sites have been censored. Many had no idea that this was happening and without blocked.org.uk they wouldn’t have been able to find out or get their websites unblocked. The Government has also now acknowledged that overblocking is a problem, but they and the ISPs are underestimating how many sites are being affected. Filters don’t always work and relying on them can lull parents into a false sense of security.