Tell Blue Coat to stop helping its customers ban gay and trans Web sites
1/9/2013 1:42pm by John Aravosis
We’ve written extensively over the last few days about Blue Coat Internet filtering software that was being misused by the Pentagon to ban/censor gay and progressive Web sites like AMERICAblog.
GLAAD and AMERICAblog are teaming up on a campaign to pressure Blue Coat to do the right thing and stop permitting its customers to censor non-sexually explicit gay content.
The filtering technology that the Defense Department is using, at least in some cases, is from a company called Blue Coat. Blue Coat has the ignominious distinction of being used by countries like Syria and Saudi Arabia (and possibly the junta in Burma as well) to oppress their people.
While the Pentagon, to its credit, is moving forward with investigating the problem of inconsistent, and possibly discriminatory, use of Internet filtering software on military computers, attention also must be focused on Blue Coat itself.
One glaring problem: As I’d reported on last week, Blue Coat includes in its filtering package a category of sites that you can either block or permit. One such category is “LGBT.”