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Mark Forsyth 07 Aug
Hamlet is banned in the British Library for being violent.
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BL Reference Service
Not any more! We've made adjustments to the filtering software :)
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Mark Forsyth 07 Aug
Splendid. Thank you.
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Mark Forsyth 07 Aug
I've updated the blog-post.
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BL Reference Service 07 Aug
Many thanks :)
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Naomi Colvin 11 Aug
you are the UK's National Library. You shouldn't be using filtering software.
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Kim Bruning 11 Aug
My question to you is: if the filter is blocking Shakespeare, an important English author;
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Dan Brickley 11 Aug
what do the new filters say? What was the change?
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Kim Bruning 11 Aug
what else is the filter blocking?
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Kim Bruning 11 Aug
. In general, why is a in a western country permitting the operation of equipment on their premises?
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Kim Bruning 11 Aug
I would expect that running a censorship filter would be inimical to your mission as a library.
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Mad Man 11 Aug
. Exactly! Libraries (except in China and Iran etc) shouldn't be "filtering" anything at all ever.
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Mad Man 11 Aug
No library in the free world should use "filtering software." Obviously.
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WISE Up Action 11 Aug
Amen! WHY are you using it ? What an example of the bad dream we're walking into!
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Andrea 11 Aug
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Ryan Lackey 11 Aug
I generally agree but I also don't want homeless people fapping (which is why US libraries filter).
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Naomi Colvin 11 Aug
Are you sure that's why US libraries filter? Also, you need a readers' pass to use BL.
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Kim Bruning 11 Aug
Libraries do filter, but they don't do censorship-type-filtering. (and China and Iran shouldn't either!)
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Andrea 11 Aug
The internet doesn't make it impossible to ask people behaving obnoxiously to leave.
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Andrea 11 Aug
What's to stop them from keeping a local copy of a porno movie on a laptop and playing it?
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