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Site blocked on WiFi

Postby jochanaan » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:35 am

I am at the Greyhound station here in Denver and just tried to sign on to the Village, but was blocked! Apparently the WiFi network here thinks we're a pornography site. :shock: I had to turn off WiFi and use my own cell network.

I wonder if there's any way to change or challenge this...
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Re: Site blocked on WiFi

Postby Maverick » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:45 pm

jochanaan wrote:I am at the Greyhound station here in Denver and just tried to sign on to the Village, but was blocked! Apparently the WiFi network here thinks we're a pornography site. :shock: I had to turn off WiFi and use my own cell network.

I wonder if there's any way to change or challenge this...


Hmm. You could try to contact the network manager/administrator, or the group that does so. Is the network owned/maintained by the Greyhound station or the city of Denver? If the city... there'd probably be red tape to wade through.
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Re: Site blocked on WiFi

Postby natman » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:59 pm

I wonder what basis they banned the site?

Unless you can plug directly into the wired network, there would be no way for you to determine if it is their wifi router or their provider.
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Re: Site blocked on WiFi

Postby jay_p » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:16 am

well you can try connecting to the router through wifi. put the IP address of the gateway in as the address on the web browser. OF course it is likely password protected but you would be amazed at how many routers use the default config.

BUT likely no way to challenge. THey almost certainly use some 3rd party software for the blocking list and you would need to know that vendor (for example : norton) and contact them.
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Re: Site blocked on WiFi

Postby Bare_Truth » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:20 am

If I am allowed to speculate on this one, I expect that their concern may be that they are concerned about someone glancing over your shoulder and seeing something the overlooking party finds offensive and or alarming. So then if someone sitting beside you sees any nude images they might become alarmed that they will end up sitting beside a "pervert" when in fact it would simply be a matter that you are sitting beside an eves dropping prude.
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Re: Site blocked on WiFi

Postby New_Adventurer » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:00 pm

Challenging may not be much of an option, "My network, my rules" attitude; I have seen this on many networks. The trouble is that the provider is trying to protect themselves from bad publicity. While it is still in effect your best bet is to invoke the current "Net Neutrality" provisions and ask them if they want to be outed in a public outcry against censorship. Or do as I do, use my own wifi hotspot or cell phone that uses the cellular telephone network.
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Re: Site blocked on WiFi

Postby Bare_Truth » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:24 pm

I suppose that they have simply chosen to set the "Family Filter" to "ON". In my own experience, when I am at the public library, I know that there are blocked sites presumably because many of their patrons are children and would likely access sites unacceptable to their parents. Presumably children might go to the library to access sites their parents have blocked at home. I know, for instance, that YouTube is blocked for just that reason, what did tick me off was to find out that the National Rifle Association website was blocked. As the NRA is a political activist group focused on protecting the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, they are interfering with political speech, which is an activity I would regard as contrary to good Library Practice.
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Re: Site blocked on WiFi

Postby nudie66 » Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:45 pm

All you need now is to find a rifle-totin' naturist in a Youtube video, and you've got yourself a triple threat...
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