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The Digital Freedom Network (DFN) has challenged Net users to scour the Web in search of the very worst examples of online censorship.

Punters are being asked to probe sites, chat communities and bulletin boards to expose and mock the pointlessness of censorware's existence.

DFN Internet Development Director Alan Brown said: "The purpose of the contest is to have a little more fun with something whose greatest accomplishment is as an object of ridicule."

According to Brown, different types of filtering software are used in an attempt to regulate content. Often, though, it is little more than a joke.

For instance, someone's contribution was blocked because of the phrase "who reports" was used. That's right, the censorware had detected the word "whore" in the first letters and blocked it.

And recently, Los Angeles attorney Sherril Babcock was refused entry to a site because the filtering software rejected her name because it contained the word "cock". She later successfully registered as Sherril Babpenis.

"Foil the Filters" entries can either be e-mailed to contest@dfn.org or submitted via DFN's Web site.

The contest ends 25 September and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Good luck mother #######. ®

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