[At-Large] US PTO Blocks Access to Certain Websites

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Fri Sep 21 01:26:49 UTC 2012

> Makes you wonder what the contractor was doing creating the filter in the
> first place.

Government networks all have filters to block access to porn and illegal 

I don't know what the PTO was like 30 years ago, but these days it's 
infamously demoralized and poorly managed.  Particularly during the 
radical outsourcing of the Bush administration, I can easily believe they 
would have contracted with some commercial filter company and not provided 
adequate oversight.  Also keep in mind that a major reason for the filters 
is to avoid claims of a hostile work environment due to stuff that 
co-workers are viewing, so the incentive is to over rather than 

In other words, apply Hanlon's Razor.

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