Digg.com Buried by Panera Bread?! (Updated: The Problem’s Been Corrected) Update: No, it hasn’t, and what does Drupal have to do with this?

by JennSierra on March 13, 2008

in blog censorship, censorship, censorware, Digg, Jenn Sierra

Updated 3/14/08: Nope…the problem’s back. Further research shows that this screen is a common 403 error screen on Drupal, an open source developer famous for creating Digg clones. Hmmm…. 🙄


Updated 3/13/08: Looks like the problem’s been corrected.


Previously on FHK and on the 1389blog, we have discussed at length that companies that allow public internet access use filterware, which has, at times, exercised odd behavior in choosing which sites to block. At that time, we knew Panera Bread was using SonicWALL.

Today, I’m on the road, however, and stopped at Panera to catch up on my blogging I tried to Digg a story for a friend and got a screen I hadn’t seen before. It didn’t look like the old familiar SonicWALL censhorship page, and a check of SonicWALL shows that it has Digg.com rated as “News and Media [and] Information Technology/Computers“. Instead. Instead, the screen looked like this:



Has anyone else had that experience? Is it possible that Digg.com has actually become too politically-correct for public viewing?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Peter March 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm
2 Ben Kershner May 23, 2008 at 9:45 am

This is the first time I’ve ever tried to use Panera’s internet, and I got that error. I ended up piping Firefox via SSH through a SOCKS proxy on campus (Michigan State) back home, but I still get the same error. Hrm.

3 jonathan May 25, 2008 at 1:24 pm

I’m at panera right now. One in Ohio. I’m experiencing the same thing. I can still cache the site from google and get some links.

4 jason October 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm

You can get around panera breads firewall with a program called ultrasurf free program just google it works great….

5 Stewart S August 23, 2011 at 1:43 am

I use njutrino, it has a built in SSH tunnel so no problem with firewalls!

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