Irish State Blocks Access to Own Websites

Ken Foxe of RTE has the news that internet blocking software in the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) is blocking a range of legitimate websites, including sites from the Irish central government, EU and organisations funded by the Irish taxpayer.

Among the blocked sites:

This won’t surprise anyone familiar with internet blocking as a deeply flawed technology, incapable of achieving its stated aims while at the same time resulting in massive collateral damage to other sites. But it does provide a vivid illustration as to why calls for national internet blocking systems should be resisted.