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Montreal airport thinks DI is porn

Kevin Murphy, November 11, 2019, 06:52:20 (UTC), Gossip

The web site you’re reading right now is classified as “pornography/sex” by Montreal airport, according to DI readers.

Some readers en route home from ICANN 66 last week noticed that they couldn’t access the site over the airport’s WiFi and instead got this warning:

Porn

Given how frequently I’ve used words such as “porn” in the past — it comes up all the time in stories related to censorship, abuse, and certain gTLDs — I think it’s pretty clear that DI has tripped a lazy keyword filter created by a crappy censorware vendor.

Datavalet appears to have WiFi content filtering contracts with several major hotel chains and airlines, including Air Canada.

Hopefully, nobody was too inconvenienced by this, but I’d still be interested to hear if anyone’s experience similar issues while travelling elsewhere.

Out of an abundance of caution, I shall endeavor to make my coverage of domain name politics less sexually arousing in future.

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Comments (4)

  1. Yeah right, how shall you endeavor to avoid the super sexy acronym “ICANN”, henceforth?

  2. Frank Michlick says:

    I heard the same type of filter at the airport applies to INWX.com, a registrar’s website.

  3. James Bladel says:

    DI is also blocked by United inflight WiFi.

    Error message says it is a “video rich” website or some such.

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