Why are we doing this?
Phone companies censor the mobile Internet because they don't know whether their phones are being given to children and young adults. But a lack of transparency, mistakes and the difficulty of opting out of the censorship mean that people often find content blocked when it shouldn't be. Here are some of the problems:
This is damaging businesses (when a business can't reach its market, for example) and restricts our access to legal and often non-adult material. Mobile Internet access is growing fast. According to Ofcom 28% of UK adults said they accessed the internet on their mobile in the first three months of 2011. Mobile data use increased forty-fold between 2007 and 2010. It is critical that this access to the mobile Internet is not subjected to crude censorship that is susceptible to mistakes or deliberate misuse.
We have published a report, jointly with LSE Media Policy Project, that reveals the incorrect blocking notified through this website between January and March 2012. You can read more about the report at our main site.
We want to see more transparency from phone companies, more choice for mobile users and easier ways to report mistakes.
Phone companies should ensure that:
Please help spread the word about how people can report wrongful mobile network censorship. The reports we gather here will be passed on to mobile operators and also added to sites like RespectMyNet.eu, which monitor how Internet companies are interfering with traffic.
You can read more about censorship in the UK over at our main site here.