'Go Away Cameron' Chrome extension bypasses PM's porn filter

An extension for the Google Chrome browser lets you browse any website you wish.

Well that didn't take long. The UK's ISPs have recently started blocking porn by default, at the behest of prime minister David Cameron . It's part of his quest to protect the innocence of the children. Except there's an easy workaround that's just launched.

Aptly called 'Go Away Cameron', it's an extension for the Google Chrome browser that promises to "bring porn back" the Metro reports. Install it, and you can browse any site you wish.

Go Away Cameron "automates a private and smart proxy service to route your access around censorship so you can regain your access to your favourite blocked sites in the UK," according to the FAQ.

If you want to install it, there are instructions on the site. But be warned, as with anything you get from the Internet, you do so at your own risk. You could just contact your ISP and ask to opt out of its block, so you can browse without any restrictions.

Go Away Cameron was made by Singapore-based computer science graduate @nubela.

This week, the BBC's Newsnight found that Cameron's porn filter isn't working as intended . It's actually more effective at blocking sites giving information and counselling on relationships, rape and sexual abuse. Hardcore grumble, meanwhile, remains readily accessible. And as Go Away Cameron shows, if people want to look at porn, they're going to find a way to look at porn.

BT rolled out its grot filter just this week, but it was found by Newsnight to block the websites for Sexual Health Scotland and the Doncaster Domestic Abuse Helpline. Sky's filter, meanwhile, blocks six sites that help people overcome porn addiction.

Newsnight found it could access every one of the 68 porn sites it tried on at least one ISP.

Is trying to censor the Internet doomed to fail? Or is Cameron's porn filter a step in the right direction? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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