The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

O2 have blocked my 365


My Project 365 site seems to have been blocked from being accessed over 3G by O2, I have written about my feelings on O2’s content blocking before, most people I assume have already got pissed off with it and bitten the bullet since and ‘verified’ themselves since content blocking was imposed in March 2011.

The restrictions are at the DNS level, meaning that there is no easy way round it. and you can not use your 02 Modem, Android phone as a portable hotspot, or teather your iPhone. If you switch from O2’s 3G network to a Wi-Fi hotspot, however, then the restrictions disappear. There are suggestions that O2 is a using a reference directory from the ICMB (Independent Mobile Classification Body), so the problem may be on other networks as well.

O2 claimed back in March last year:

This is solely to ensure that children are protected from inappropriate content when using the internet on their phones. That’s why we require customers to prove they are over 18 before they can use these sites.

and pointed to the “UK code of practice for the self-regulation of new forms of content on mobiles[note UK code of practice for the self-regulation of new forms of content on mobiles]” (see also their FAQ). however it looks like there is no procedure for either getting a copy of the block list; or an easy way to getting your placement on  it independently checked. I phoned o2’s customer service number; however they were adimunt that there was no way of unblocking the site; or telling me why the site was blocked; however O2’s Twitter team seem to be the people to contact, but again they only pass the details of the block on, and have yet to provide me with any information. The IMCB (Independent Mobile Classification Body) has a copy of the Classification Framework[note Classification Framework] available to read that says I have to complain to O2 and then wait 28 days before I can speak to them (the IMCB).

However the one thing that I would like, that no one seems to list on any site is a copy of the blacklist, or a tool for checking if your page is blocked.

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