Member of the Board of the Polish Linux Users Group. Human rights in digital era hacktivist, Free Software advocate, privacy and anonimity evangelist; expert volunteer to the Panoptykon Foundation; co-organizer of SocHack social hackathons; charter member of the Warsaw Hackerspace; and Telecomix co-operator; biker, sailor.

Formerly President of the Board of the Polish Free and Open Source Software Foundation; CTO of BRAMA Mobile Technologies Laboratory on Warsaw University of Technology and a student at Philosophy Institute on Warsaw University.

Table of Contents

02.07.2016Dzień, w którym cenzura Sieci w Polsce stała się faktem pl 152 13.04.2015Needless haystacks en 151 12.03.2015e-Dockleracje pl 150 19.01.2015Ban on encryption is not about banning encryption en 149 13.01.2015Not Free as in Beer en pl 148 30.12.2014GPG Key Transition en pl 147 18.12.2014Siła wyższa pl 146 04.12.2014Internet in Poland to be porn-free after all? en pl 145 27.11.2014Block everything! en pl 144 02.11.2014Introducing: rysiek's law of unavoidable consequences en pl 143 09.09.2014Stop paedophilia en pl 142 22.06.2014Even with EME, Mozilla will become "the browser that can't" en 141 21.06.2014EuroDIG 2014 en pl 140 19.06.2014Hacker in the Digital Affairs Council en pl 139 30.05.2014Public consultations and anonymity en pl 138 18.05.2014Why being a pirate is not worth it en pl 137 15.05.2014On Mozilla, DRM and irrelevance en pl 136 14.05.2014Not-quite-good-enough-Mundial en 135 12.04.2014Irresponsible non-disclosure en pl 134 29.03.2014Ecologic, Ford and surveillance en pl 133 15.03.2014Otwórzmy edukację pl 132 10.03.2014Blurry line between private service and public infrastructure en 131 08.03.2014IM IN UR MINISTRY, CONSULTING UR INTERNETZ en pl 130 17.02.2014Encrypted VoIP that works en pl 129 11.02.2014So you want to censor the Internet... en pl 128 02.02.2014This is why we can't have nice IRC en 127 31.01.2014Decentralize where your mouth is en pl 126 30.01.2014A link cannot be illegal en pl 125 30.01.2014Copyright reform debate lives on en pl 124 26.01.2014Neat HaCSS, or let's de-JS the Web a bit en 123 27.12.2013Information Account Number en 122 14.12.2013HaIPu en 121 20.11.2013Friends of TTIP and data protection in Brussels en 120 19.11.2013Social media, Polish Pirates style en pl 119 05.11.2013A rude comment en 118 20.10.2013TEDx Warsaw Women and privacy en pl 117 03.10.2013Copyreform at CopyCamp 2013 en pl 116 22.09.2013Long-expected KMail2 rant en 115 18.09.2013Facebook for schools en 114 12.09.2013In which I call upon United Poland parliamentarians to guarantee citizens the right to Internet free of surveillance en pl 113 08.09.2013Complaintivism en 112 04.09.2013It's his own fault en pl 111 19.08.2013Lies, damn lies, and analytics en pl 110 27.07.2013Shortest Internet censorship debate ever en pl 109 22.07.2013How information sharing uproots conservative business models en es 108 22.07.2013Posts' markup is now available en pl 107 11.07.2013Kultura wolna i legalna pl 106 07.06.2013Internet is not a problem en pl 105 05.06.2013Libel Culture en 104 17.05.2013Wojtuś Fatalista i wolność w Internecie pl 102 17.05.2013Why I find -ND unnecessary and harmful en es pl 101 28.03.2013Wolność nasza codzienna pl 100 17.03.2013Nie wszystko korpo co o wolności w Internecie pl 99 15.03.2013♫ Odpowiadam na e-maile ♫ pl 98 11.02.2013One year anniversary of Anti-ACTA en pl 97 30.01.2013Nie ma haka na słabe dziennikarstwo? pl 96 30.01.2013Fighting Black PR around OER en pl 95 29.01.2013HOWTO: effectively argue against Internet censorship ideas en pl 94 20.11.2012Border conditions for preserving subjectivity in the digital era en pl 93 19.11.2012Social blogosphere en pl 92 07.11.2012Embrace fragmentation en pl 91 02.11.2012SERVICES.TXT en pl 90 24.10.2012Apple finally jumped the shark en es 89 24.09.2012Breaking the garden walls en es pl 88 24.09.2012Minister i Kultura pl 87 24.09.2012Melbourne CryptoParty video message en 86 16.09.2012On sailor's sensitivity, or "the starry heavens above me" en pl 85 22.08.2012Black PR around Polish e-Textbooks en pl 84 15.08.2012Regaty utracone pl 83 24.07.2012Hypochristian Love en 82 24.07.2012Some new Layout Goodness en pl 81 17.07.2012Party 2.0 en pl 80 16.07.2012Prawo autorskie po ACTA pl 79 13.07.2012Party as a system hack en pl 78 10.06.2012Are corporations dangerous only in collusion with governments? en 77 09.06.2012Proxies! Proxies everywhere! en 76 05.06.2012Automagic re-publishing from Twitter to StatusNet en pl 75 18.05.2012TPSA/Orange and GIMP, or a word on 5 users en pl 74 16.05.2012Słowo o Warsztatach MAiC pl 73 15.04.2012Schowaj gadżeta pl 72 05.04.2012Perfect ToDo-oid en 71 27.03.2012Subjectively on Anti-ACTA in Poland en pl 70 25.03.2012On copyright in Budapest en pl 69 23.03.2012Kościoła poczucie odpowiedzialności pl 68 20.03.2012Learning to Internet en pl 67 19.03.2012Kościoła wiara w wiernych pl 66 29.02.2012Brussels Safari #1 - EP press conference and ITRE en pl 65 21.02.2012Because ACTA is passé en pl 64 20.02.2012Privacy of correspondence, EU-style en pl 63 17.02.2012Polish PM on ACTA: I was wrong en pl 62 12.02.2012Anonymous vs Corponymous en pl 61 10.02.2012To have a cookie and dowload it too en pl 60 19.01.2012About ACTA at Polish PM Chancellery en pl 59 19.01.2012Free as in United en pl 58 16.01.2012Towarzystwo czuje się oszukane pl 57 10.01.2012Terms of Using the Service en pl 56 05.01.2012Corporate lack of patriotism en pl 55 04.01.2012Terroristcopters en pl 54 03.01.2012IceWeasel and Privacy en pl 53 28.12.2011Good Uncle Stal... Putin en pl 52 25.12.2011Useful Bash defaults done right en 51 21.12.2011Google Mail, or how mail becomes publication en pl 50 20.12.2011Occupy Gotham en pl 49 11.12.2011Copyfraud en pl 48 08.12.2011Multikino Wikipedia FAIL pl 47 27.11.2011Nie miejsce na pl 46 18.11.2011One-way cutting en pl 45 12.11.2011Tolerancja dla Kościoła pl 44 11.11.2011Users and Citizens en pl 43 30.10.2011Adhocracy and Net4Change en pl 42 18.10.2011War on Fun en pl 41 16.10.2011Boli mnie w krzyżu pl 40 14.10.2011Technocomplacency en pl 39 10.10.2011I Can Haz? pl 37 09.10.2011Election Silence in Poland en pl 38 03.10.2011Kibice i kampania pl 36 02.10.2011E-textbooks, Johnny Mnemonic, business and the Net en pl 35 19.09.2011CC Global Streaming/Summit/Party pl 33 19.09.2011Czy jest coś takiego jak darmowe śniadanie? pl 34 12.09.2011Faktycznie Super pl 32 12.09.2011Diaspora-Based Comment System en 31 11.09.2011Conflict of values en pl 30 06.09.2011Wolność słowa to nie wolność od myślenia ani od krytyki pl 29 06.09.2011On-line privacy and anonymity: case in point en pl 28 04.09.2011On being careful with words en pl 27 03.09.2011W obronie QR Code pl 26 31.08.2011Stolica Nie Tak Święta pl 25 29.08.2011Of malware, hot steam, privacy, using one's brain and paedoparanoia en 24 29.08.2011Kragen Thinking Out Loud en pl 23 18.08.2011Ból, blizny, dziewczyny i wiosła pl 22 07.08.2011Worst. Woodstock. Ever! pl 21 27.07.2011Willpower, productivity and cycling en pl 20 19.07.2011Neo FreeRunner as a WiFi Soundcard en 19 10.07.2011A Weekend with lawyers en pl 18 09.07.2011One step closer to ideal en pl 17 04.07.2011Apostasy in Poland en pl 16 28.06.2011YAFR (Yet Another Facebook Rant) en pl 15 19.06.2011Wiara w priorytety pl 14 17.06.2011Important meetings, fun meetings en pl 13 13.06.2011Ooops I en pl 12 30.05.2011Playing with Node.js en pl 11 25.05.2011Mozilla, Google and the Location Bar en pl 10 24.05.2011At Sector 3.0 conf en pl 9 23.05.2011Layout, CSS and RSS/Atom en pl 8 15.05.2011Startup Weekend Network Fun Fun Fun en 7 11.05.2011Nowy szef Bramy pl 6 10.05.2011World's Smallest Open Source Violin en pl 5 10.05.2011Po kolejnym spotkaniu w KPRM pl 4 08.05.2011Inspiracja na niedzielę pl 3 08.05.2011I horizontally the whole blog is that serious pl 2 07.05.2011I can has brag en pl 1

So you want to censor the Internet...

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Internet censorship proposals are tabled with amazing regularity — and usually are completely detached from reality of how the Internet and digital communication works. For the proponents, censorship seems an "easy and effective solution to a problem", while in fact technical solutions to social problems simply do not work, and have a tendency to break things. Badly.

In preparation to one of the consultation meetings around this subject (even though Polish political climate is rather hostile to censorship ideas at the moment, we still get consultation meetings about it, from time to time) I have prepared a list of questions that have to be asked and answered regarding any central-level parental filter Internet censorship proposals (PDF and ODT available; I'd like to thank Mr Adam Haertle for his suggestion on extending question no.11).

If anybody feels like using this as a base for a checklist, please be my guest! Same goes for additions, suggestions, improvements.

Internet censorship questions

This document attempts at gathering all the relevant questions that need to be asked and answered with regard to any proposal of introducing a central-level Internet porn censorship solution, and can be used as a map of the related issues that would also need to be decided on.

Questions herein are for the most part not deeply technical and do not require an answer containing any concrete technical solutions. They also do not touch economy-related issues.

1. What definition of pornography is to be used in the context of the proposed solution? In particular:
i. Are graphic works and animations not created via image recording techniques to be included in that definition?
ii. Are textual works describing sexual acts to be included also?
iii. Are audio materials to be included?
iv. Are works of art containing or presenting nudity to be included? If not, how are they going to be differentiated?
v. Are biology and sexual education materials to be included? If not, how are they going to be differentiated?

2. Who is to decide on putting given content on the blocked content list? In particular:
i. What oversight measures are proposed to combat instances of putting (willfully or by mistake) non-pornographic content on said list?
ii. Will the blocked content list public, or secret?
iii. If the list is to be kept secret, what are the reasons for doing so?

3. How is the content to be blocked going to be identified? In particular:
i. Is the content identification to be based on textual keywords within content itself?
ii. Is it to be based on keywords in URL leading to content?
iii. Is it to be based on an explicit blacklist of URLs?
iv. Is it to be based on an explicit blacklist of domains?
v. Is it to be based on an explicit blacklist of IP addresses?
vi. Is it to be based on image recognition?
vii. Is it to be based on audio recognition?
viii. Is it to be based on checksum comparison?
ix. Is it to be based on a combination of methods? If so -- which methods are to be employed?

4. What remedy procedure is considered in case of blocking of content that does not fulfill the definition of pornography? In particular:
i. Where and to whom such incidents are to be reported?
ii. What would the confirmation or denial procedure for such reports be?

5. What remedy procedure is considered in case of not blocking of content that does fulfill the definition of pornography? In particular:
i. Where and to whom such incidents are to be reported?
ii. What would the confirmation or denial procedure for such reports be?

6. Are parents/legal guardians/subscribers to have control over the scope of blocking? In particular:
i. Will they be able to indicate that given content should be excluded from blocking, even though it does fulfill the definition of pornography?
ii. Will they be able to indicate that given content should be blocked, even though it does not fulfill the definition of pornography?

7. Is the blocking solution to be opt-in, opt-out, or is the choice to be presented upon first connection? In particular:
i. Is the choice going to apply to all devices using a given connection?
ii. Is the choice going to apply only to a particular device on any connection?
iii. Is the choice going to apply only to a particular device on a particular connection?

8. Is the choice to enable blocking is to apply also to institutional subscribers and companies? In particular:
i. If not, does that that mean no blocking, or mandatory blocking?
ii. Is it to apply to libraries?
iii. Is it to apply to schools?
iv. Is it to apply to universities and other higher education institutions?
v. Is it to apply to public hot-spots run by local communities?
vi. Is it to apply to public hot-spots run by private service providers?
vii. Is it to apply to hot-spots provided only for private service providers' customers?
viii. Is it to apply to hot-spots run by private companies for their employees?

9. Will content explaining how to circumvent blocking also be blocked?

10. How is HTTPS or other SSL/TLS-encrypted traffic to be handled? In particular:
i. Is HTTPS/TLS/SSL traffic to be ignored altogether?
ii. Is HTTPS/TLS/SSL traffic to be blocked?
iii. Is HTTPS/TLS/SSL traffic to have encryption layer broken and content filtered?

11. How is private communication to be handled? In particular:
i. Is e-mail and Internet messaging communication to be filtered?
ii. Are peer-to-peer networks to be filtered?
iii. Are MMS messages to be filtered?
iv. Is private audio-video (including VoIP) communication to be filtered?
v. Is private audio communication via regular and mobile phones to be filtered?

12. How is encrypted private communication to be handled? In particular:
i. Is such communication to be blocked?
ii. Is such communication to be ignored?
iii. Is such communication to have encryption layer broken and content filtered?

13. Are solutions regarding HTTPS/TLS/SSL and private and encrypted private communication to be implemented in networks operated by institutional subscribers and companies, as per question 8. above?

I'd love to see some answers to these questions from each and every person that proposes or supports central-level parental filters Internet censorship.