The Real Cost of Internet Filters

Internet filters have become surprisingly popular, given that the internet was already wildly popular before anybody started to filter it. The UK has recently joined the growing list of countries that encourages self-censorship, with British ISPs asking new customers if they want ‘family friendly’ filters to be applied to their service. This has caused a predictable clash of opinions about freedoms. Whilst the public debate focuses on high-minded principles, it is easy to overlook the genuine and practical costs of filtering the internet. Whenever somebody decides what should be blocked – a decision that needs to be made for every single website – there are significant and practical costs, to both ISPs and to people who use the internet to communicate with other people. You can read more in my new article for BillingViews.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Director of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.