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Net blocking would derail innocent sites

Government efforts to block offensive Web sites are technically problematic and legally worrisome, a new study says. The study from Harvard University’s Berkman Center highlights how modern Web standards have permitted thousands of domain names to share one Internet address. It concludes that instead of precisely targeting only objectionable sites, attempts to restrict Internet addresses with pornographic, political or gambling-related content inevitably make legitimate sites unreachable too. “The numbers are staggeringly high,” said Ben Edelman, a student fellow at the Berkman Center and author of the report. “According to my results, two-thirds of sites are hosted on Web servers with 50 or more domain names.” Full Story

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