Coffee apparently isn’t all that Dunn Bros. coffee shops filter. A WND reader is reporting that the wi-fi network set up at one of the shops has filtered the WND news site, labeling it as “inappropriate.'”
“There is a web content screen service that blocks access to your sites, WND.com and WorldNetDaily.com,” the reader, Paul Basil of Minnesota, wrote. “The page says that your content is deemed ‘inappropriate.”
“I was at Dunn Bros. coffee this morning and, while waiting, thought I’d pop onto WND and peek at the headlines. To my surprise, access to your site is blocked on their open-access computers,” he said.
“I was, however, able to get onto Drudge. I tried to get to your site back-door by clicking on the Joseph Farah link but, again, foiled…” he said.
Questions have been raised by other WND readers in recent months about such blocking by filtering software. One of the larger filtering companies, ContentWatch.com, has a product called Net Nanny that has been cited by readers several times for blocking WND for having “hate and violence.”
The company told readers it now “has made the necessary changes to our Net Nanny and ContentProtect programs to ensure that www.worldnetdaily.com is not blocked for Hate and Violence.”
After the first complaint about Net Nanny, the company promised to reconfigure algorithms in order for WND to be accessed. When told of the second episode, spokesman Scott Cleghorn said he had checked, and his version of the Net Nanny program allowed access to WND.
In the latest case, the filtering software was identified for the reader as DansGuardian.org, which explains it was developed by Daniel Barron and bans Internet pages based on phrases and other factors.
“DansGuardian is an award winning Open Source web content filter which currently runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X, HP-UX, and Solaris. It filters the actual content of pages based on many methods including phrase matching, PICS filtering and URL filtering. It does not purely filter based on a banned list of sites like lesser totally commercial filters,” the company explains.
However, the website posts a disclaimer about any problems.
“If you have come to this website wondering who to e-mail to complain about the filtering used at your establishment, then you are looking in the wrong place. DansGuardian can be configured to filter as much or as little as required and it is up to the end user administrator to configure it for your exact needs. Please do not e-mail the mailing list or the author as its (sic) not their fault. You need to e-mail your administrator with the problem.”
A spokesman for the store responded to Basil’s query about the filtering by confirming the situation was being checked.
“As a franchisee we use the appointed vendor from corporate and really do not have much say in what is blocked or not,” said the note that was signed Mike Klemesrud.
Multiple WND calls to the corporation elicited no response, but an e-mail to Basil from the company’s “compliance specialist,” reported she was going to contact the store.
In 2007, WND finally resolved a blocking situation involving the military provider that makes Internet services available to U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine bases worldwide.
The U.S. Navy launched an investigation into blocking of WND at WND’s request after the news site received a flood of e-mails from readers.
An undefined “security” issue between the web-hosting location WND uses and the Navy computer existed later was resolved. A block by American Airlines also was lifted, as were blocks by several other filtering companies.
WND, a fiercely independent news site, was launched a little more than 10 years ago by Joseph and Elizabeth Farah, and for more than 100 weeks in a row was listed as the No. 1 most popular website in the world by Global 100.
WND also has been consistently ranked by several major Internet ratings agencies as the “stickiest” news site on the Internet – meaning readers average more time on it than any other.