Has Telstra made 84,000 reasons to filter?

(ZDNet) Like bellbottoms, herpes and anything to do with the Kardashians, the spectre of internet filtering just never seems to go away; it lurks in the background for a time, then explodes back to the forefront just when we’d managed to forget about it and move on to other things.

Forgetting about the filter has been relatively easy, recently; with the government officially in a hiatus while the largely ignored classification review lumbers along, the NBN has been more than enough to keep Stephen Conroy and his lot quite busy. The only real progress on filtering this year has been the decision by ISPs Telstra, Optus and CyberOne to implement filters blocking a worst-of-the-worst list maintained and securely distributed around the world by Interpol.

By all accounts, it’s working; Telstra’s filter, we learned recently, blocked over 84,000 requests for child porn sites in its first three months of operation. It’s not clear how those requests relate to multiple queries by pages with multiple elements, or how many individual users they account for; they could be from just five or ten porn-obsessed customers, or they could represent a broader demographic within Telstra’s user base. Read More

Editors Translation: Australian government allows foreigners (AKA Interpol) to enforce law onto Australian Sovereign citizens. The current up to date Australian Constitution allows for no such matter. Section 44 (.i) forbids “allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power”.