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British ISP: Of course you can be a protected anonymous press source, you just need to show us photo ID first

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The British Internet provider O2 disputed the previous story that they don’t permit people to access tools that give them anonymity protection, like this VPN service. “You only need to show photo ID in one of our stores”, they said, via a link provided. So in order to be an anonymous and protected press source, you need to show a photo ID. You couldn’t make it up if you tried. Britain, what’s happened to you?

The previous story detailed how Britain now has default-on censorship for political opinions, as Internet providers Vodafone, O2, EE, and Sky censor this blog by default. While this blog is on a corporate site, it is still highly political: we fight for liberty in many forms, such as freedom of speech, the right to privacy and anonymity, and last but not least, net neutrality. That’s why it leaves a particularly bad taste that telcos happen to default-censor the political pieces on this site.

The argument that “but you can identify to prove your age and have the censorship disabled”, which some countered with, is not an excuse in this context. If anything, it makes the whole thing even more offensive to attempt justifying it by throwing in a papieren, bitte into the situation.

The ISP O2 was particularly tone-deaf in this context, even though they tried responding to the “concerns” that they default-censor pieces of net neutrality:

Oh dear, that’s not good. Are you able to verify your age using the link? More info can be found here:

— O2 in the UK (@O2) June 17, 2017

Hi Rick, you’d only need to verify your age. Are you an O2 UK customer?

— O2 in the UK (@O2) June 17, 2017

If you’re an O2 UK customer, there are

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