Re: Blacklist project proposal (was Re: Banner ad blocker? Anyone with a good blocklist...)

From: Dancer <>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 21:45:28 +1000

ISP hat:

I'm interested in blocking banners, myself. That's the limit of my
interest along these lines.

I prefer literal substrings to match with, when I can. I'll take
perl-style regexps when I can't, and hack them to suit my software.

The trouble is, of course, if you make _any_ effort to filter content,
you become legally liable as if you were the _supplier_ of any of it
that slips through. Think very hard about that. That law passed in the
USA two years ago, and in Australia last year. Maybe in other countries
as well, now.

My Employee hat:

Yes, I need to do this stuff. Our client requires us to do keep the smut
away from the kiddies. They (the client) bear the responsibility for
anything that misses and gets to the kids.

In _this_ capacity, I'm stuck needing to do the best, most adaptive
filtering job that I can. I can _make_ software...what I need are
_techniques_ and _lists_..

D wrote:
> Good $daytime,
> Just a proposal of small squid-related project. As such ideas pop up
> at this list from time to time, wouldn't it be better to join efforts
> and implement GNU-style database for web filtering. We all know good
> products to protect children from adult sites, etc. BUT:
> all of them aren't free
> all of them run under Windoze
> all of them are of little use for production proxy servers
> none of them have open databases
> Basic idea is to compile a database of sites we don't want to allow
> for whatever reason. These can be split into many categories:
> advertisement
> adult/porno
> violence
> drugs
> religious propaganda
> chat
> and many more
> At the beginning, plaintext lists of sites/URLs/regexps would be
> enough.
> To do:
> 1. Blacklist inclusion/removal policy
> 2. Distribution technique (patches?)
> 3. Software to implement #1 (web interface?)
> 4. Plugins for proxy servers to implement filtering
> 5. what else?
> Anyone interested?
> Regards,
> Willy.
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Did you read the documentation AND the FAQ?
If not, I'll probably still answer your question, but my patience will
be limited, and you take the risk of sarcasm and ridicule.
Received on Sat Mar 14 1998 - 03:56:22 MST

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