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When tyrants pull on their jackboots to stamp out free speech online, they reach for... er, a Canadian software biz?

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There are a lot of legitimate uses for web content filtering software and other suppliers other that Netsweeper so it seems a bit cruel to target them.

I used to work for a local council who used to to Websense to filter the internet browsing of the staff, you could set it up to block certain keywords in searches as well as groups of websites based on category, eg social media sites could be blanket banned. Or you could manually add say twitter to the white list and block every other social media site.

You wouldn't believe what some staff would be searching from their work computers when you started checking the logs, especially staff who were working late or at weekends when not many others were around.

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