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Italian police blocks tumblr domain

27 February, 2013

The Italian police imposed on 13 February 2013 the blocking of domain name, which was actually one of the Amazon cloud computing server that contains all the images loaded on the tumblr website. The domain blocking was based on an alleged child pornography content on the site. This domain name blocking was lifted one day later.

Therefore, for two days, the Italian visitors could not see many images hosted on tumblr website, unless they knew how to add alternative name servers in their computer.

CNCPO (National Centre for the Fight against Online Pedopornography) is the Italian agency which manages a black list of websites deemed to host child pornographic material. Any website suspected by the police of containing such type of content is added to this list, on the basis of evidence, without previous court authorization. Further on, ISPs are notified to block access to the related domain. Later jurisdictional review is however admitted.

For the domain name in question, the measure has led to lots of licit content being blocked as well, besides the deemed illicit content. This is yet another case which brings into discussion the entire question of the proper measures to fight online child pornography.

European ISPs, digital rights groups as well as IT specialists have been arguing, for a long time now, that website-blocking is not an appropriate instrument against child pornography first of all because, technically, it can be easily circumvented. Moreover, web-blocking would only lead to collateral, significant damages due to blocking access to licit content uploaded in the same website.

Fight against online paedo-pornography: to-do and not-to-do list (15.02.2013)

Tumblr targeted by the Italian anti paedo-pornography (only in Italian, 14.02.2013)

Screenshot of the blocked domain

Also Tumblr is a victim of CNCPO (only in Italian, 14.02.2013)



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