We want to end the UK-wide censorship system of web blocking by holding ISPs and the Government accountable.
We know that default filters prevent people accessing important and legal information. Over-blocking is a serious and unavoidable effect of filtering. Yet ISPs give website owners and customers minimal information on why and what is being blocked, or how to report problems.
This is why ORG's Censorship Monitoring project is building tools to monitor and challenge filtering.
You can already report overblocking on our website, www.blocked.org.uk, but we want to do much more. This tool will check automatically whether the URLs you submit can be reached via all major UK fixed line ISPs and mobile networks. Future versions will let you explore the extent and history of filtering in the UK and will publish the raw data for you to reuse.
This work is only possible thanks to the generosity of the tech activism community. ORG volunteers are giving their time, Bytemark Hosting are donating the server and Andrews & Arnold are subscribing the project up to all the other ISPs.
Can you join them?
We've been offered up to £3000 in matched funding to support this project. Please help us keep the work going. We've only got enough funding to cover project management for 3 months. But with this matched funding gift you can make that 6 and double the impact of your donation!
For every £1 you give we'll get £2, whether that's through joining up for a regular Direct Debit or giving a one-off donation. If you join up to ORG, your donation for the first year will be doubled.
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ORG are a small organisation but we punch well above our weight. Besides defending digital rights in the courts, we've done considerable work on surveillance, privacy, copyright, open data and data protection.
Joining by Direct Debit is the best way for us. It’s much cheaper to do the paperwork meaning more of your hard-earned cash can go towards supporting project management costs.
If you want to help make this project real you can learn more about how to get involved here: http://www.blocked.org.uk/help