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I can’t click thru to read article as IndyBay.org has been blocked by IT.
This made me wonder: If the City of Oakland’s IT department blocks the IndyBay news website, what other sites might it block?
So, I filed a Public Records Act request with the city attorney and got a response back today (that was fast!):
Subject: Regular Public Records Request –[Final Response]
(Received 2/27/2012 3:36:27 PM-Type of Records-Public Records Request 8676)
Dear Mr. Beck:
This is in response to your public records request # 8676 sent to Ms. Barbara Parker asking for a list of websites blocked by the City of Oakland’s IT Department.
Please read below the response provided by the Department of Information Technology:
The following sites have been blocked by the Department of Information Technology
Any additionally blocked content is based upon a rule based subscription service utilized by the Department of Information Technology to block content such as pornography, racism, hate, etc.
Websites miss- categorized can be reassessed upon request from City staff to the vendor and unblocked
Request to unblock access to specific websites for the purposes of conducting city business can be made directly to the Department of Information Technology
If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact me.
Arlette (Arly) Flores
Open Government Coordinator
Oakland City Attorney’s Office
1 Frank O. Plaza, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238 2965
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For some reason, IndyBay isn’t on the list of blocked sites. I left a voicemail with Flores a little while ago asking about that, as well as why the sites on the list are on there. I’ll let you know what I find out.
Hoping to get comment from Flores and SexyFed soon.