UK Courts have made a number of orders requiring Internet providers to block websites.
The judgments in these cases are sometimes published. They give the judge's reasoning as to whether a website should be banned.
Court orders are seperate to the judgments. They tell the Internet provider which websites to block. Court orders are generally not published.
Even though court orders are public documents, it is very difficult to get access to them. In theory, anyone should be able to ask the court for a copy but this is a very arduous process. Otherwise, the only way to see the orders is for Internet providers or the party making the blocking request to share them.
451 Unavailable aims to encourage Internet Service Providers to share blocking orders and eventually to persuade courts to release blocking orders by default.
Without transparency about which websites are being blocked, sites can be incorrectly blocked and mistakes are difficult to resolve.
Viooz, Megashare, zMovie, and Watch32 (February 2014)