Title: Blue Coat and Murky Filters Credit: Craig Young Comment Thursday 13th January 2011 - 2:39pm1294882740 Article: 9794 Rights
Blue Coat is the webfilter that McDonald's uses to enforce its 'family friendly' policy within its Internet WiFi access service. But it has developed quite a controversial reputation in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, Birmingham City Council installed the filter, but earned the ire of the atheist National Secular Society and neopagan organisations when they discovered that council employees were unable to access their websites, while fundamentalist Christian ones were perfectly accessible. In the United States, two particular cases stand out. According to Exgaywatch, in 2006, Florida's Palm Beach County School District installed Blue Coat. Writing for a high school newspaper, Inlet Grove High School senior Joe Dellosa found that: "the websites of such prominent gay rights or advocacy organizations as Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (, Gay-Straight Alliance Network (, and Out   
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