web filters Archive

A Positive Step in the Right Direction

Some good news to share – as of about 2:30 PM, OpenDNS changed the labels for my site. They “rejected” pornography and nudity and “approved” blog. Last night, I was able to reach the CEO of the company thanks to a petition supporter and he was responsive. I’m grateful for that and appreciate that a
Category: Activism

“We may have miscategorized your site!”

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Category: Activism

Breaking: Our Change.Org Petition Met Signature Goal in Under 36 Hours

Just a quick note to thank everyone for their support. It isn’t the easiest thing in the world to run two simultaneous crowdsharing type tasks, but with your support – we are getting there. Our petition at Change.org just reached the initial goal of 500 signatures in less than 1.5 days! We’ve had media inquiries
Category: Activism

Update: City of Pittsburgh Blocks Lesbian Blog (Again)

As you may remember, the City of Pittsburgh began blocking this blog in October 2012 for no apparent reason - the closest I had to an official explanation was "its just crappy web filters, Sue" from a former City employee. That's called "scoffing" and its not a very constructive response.
Category: Activism

StumbleUpon Responds to Social Media Homophobia Concerns

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the decision of social media sharing site StumbleUpon to assign categories such a “lesbian culture” to the “not safe for work” listing.  As a recap: when you like something & click to share to the site, you are prompted to indicate if the site is safe for work
Category: Culture

Innocent Bystanders Suffer From Homophobia

This morning, I sent word about the Remember Her Name vigil to members of Pittsburgh City Council. One wrote back and sent me the notice that my site is still blocked by the City web filters, categorized as nudity and pornography. I explained the situation and hope perhaps that person will be of help. When retelling
Category: Activism

The Lesbian Blog That Shut Down the City of Pittsburgh

Reports have surfaced that the City of Pittsburgh was forced to block this website as a desperate measure to keep the City functioning.  “We had no choice,” sighs City Computer Guy,Ken. “We have a computer usage policy – somewhere ’round here – hey yinz seen that folded up tablet paper with the doodle of Sophie
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