School web filters force a magazine to change its name

An esteemed 90-year-old magazine about Canadian history, “The Beaver: A Journal of Progress,” is undergoing a name change — doomed by a vulgar alternative meaning that causes web filters at schools and junk mail filters in eMail programs to block access to material containing the magazine’s name, reports the New York Times. “It’s only been in the last two years or so that it’s been a problem,” said Deborah Morrison, president and chief executive of Canada’s National History Society, which publishes the magazine. “‘Beaver’ is one of those key words students are denied access to on the internet.” The trouble went beyond web pages. The magazine found that its attempts to eMail classroom aids to teachers were thwarted by its name, as were attempts to contact many readers. As a result, the well-respected magazine is changing its name to “Canada’s History” beginning with its next issue…

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