posted Sep 28, 2000

Winners of the Foil the Filters Contest Censorship9/28/2000; 7:35:03 PM This page is funny enough to be catagorized in Humor/Amusing, but the more you think about it, the less funny it gets. This is only a sample:

We hope this contest will help illustrate how unreliable censorware is and provide further examples for those interested in exposing it. And of these examples, these are our favorites....Grand PrizeJoe J. reports being prevented from accessing his own high school’s Web site from his own high school’s library. Carroll High School adopted filtering software which blocked "all questionable material." This included the word "high."...The Twilight Zone Award For blocking which humans don't even understandWinnerScott, a high school student in Australia, couldn’t get past his school’s censorware to complete a report on the Fibonacci sequence (the mathematical sequence in which each number in the series is the sum of the previous two). He suspects the word was blocked because the mathematical sequence is relevant to "the pattern of rabbit-breeding," but we don’t buy it.
And this has to be considered the final word on censorware:
The Inspiration Award For reminding us what its all aboutWinnerAttributed to EPIC’s Marc Rotenberg, and though we aren’t sure if it it’s a real case or not, it says it all and we couldn’t pass it up. Thanks, Marc."Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of sXXXch, or the right of the people peaceably to XXXemble, and to peXXXion the government for a redress of grievances."


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