We have now completed a full year with the YouTube ban in place, forcing some to do without one of the most popular internet sites in the world, many others to resort to proxies of various kinds, putting up with the nuisances these ‘by-pass’ mechanisms cause. So, what has the ban, slapped on after an offensive film was loaded on the site, actually achieved? It has simply denied people of a right to information, protected under the law, and also held back students, teachers and others accessing the vast amount of educational material available on YouTube. The channel is, of course, used by leading educational sites, such as the award-winning Khan Academy, to host their material. And it has also prevented families and friends from sharing segments of their lives and staying attached across oceans and continents as many try and do.