Features, PublicNet: 17 September, 2013

Recently the media has been swamped with the news that “more than 300,000 attempts” were made to access pornographic sites from the Houses of Parliament. Bill Walker explains that this really is not news at all. The key word here is “attempts”, suggesting that web filters had prevented anyone from actually accessing these sites. So, the main story here is not that are MPs being, ahem, distracted from their parliamentary duties.

The real story lies in the month-by-month breakdown of the figures provided by the Houses of Parliament. They vary wildly between 15 attempts in February to 114,844 attempts in November, which would indicate some very strange behaviour. But, it starts to make sense when you consider that in November, there was intense media and political investigation into various sexual offences. Some of our MPs may simply have been victims of an over-zealous web filter, as they were conducting research into the news, hardly the stuff of a saucy news article.

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