comment: ISP Internet control by government described
below in the CNET article is a two edged sword. Web sites
like ours here would no doubt be targeted for censorship
Free software to stop children accessing porn sites
etc has been around for many years. Sites like ours here
that calls a spade a spade, are more so the reason for
the new sort control.
of ISP filtered Internet
to be set after trial
Darren Pauli 13/10/2008 15:10:00
will be unable to opt-out of the government's pending Internet
content filtering scheme, and will instead be placed on a watered-down
blacklist, experts say.
the government's $125.8 million Plan for Cyber-Safety, users
can switch between two blacklists which block content inappropriate
for children, and a separate list which blocks illegal material.
say consumers have been lulled into believing the opt-out proviso
would remove content filtering altogether.
government will iron-out policy and implementation of the Internet
content filtering software following an upcoming trial of the
technology, according to the Department of Broadband, Communications
and the Digital Economy.
spokesman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the
filters will be mandatory for all Australians.
plan for cyber-safety will require ISPs to offer a clean feed
Internet service to all homes, schools and public Internet points
accessible by children,” Marshall said.
upcoming field pilot of ISP filtering technology will look at
various aspects of filtering, including effectiveness, ease
of circumvention, the impact on internet access speeds and cost.”
Service Providers (ISPs) contacted by Computerworld say blanket
content filtering will cripple Internet speeds because the technology
is not up to scratch.
libertarians claim the blacklists could be expanded to censor
material such as euthanasia, drugs and protest.
network engineer Mark Newton said many users falsely believe
the opt-out proviso will remove content filtering.
can opt-out of the 'additional material' blacklist (referred
to in a department press release, which is a list of things
unsuitable for children, but there is no opt-out for 'illegal
content'”, Newton said.
is the way the testing was formulated, the way the upcoming
live trials will run, and the way the policy is framed; to believe
otherwise is to believe that a government department would go
to the lengths of declaring that some kind of Internet content
is illegal, then allow an opt-out.
is illegal and if there is infrastructure in place to block
it, then it will be required to be blocked — end of story.”
said advisers to Minister Conroy have told ISPs that Internet
content filtering will be mandatory for all users.
government reported it does not expected to prescribe which
filtering technologies ISPs can use, and will only set blacklists
of filtered content, supplied by the Australia Communications
and Media Authority (ACMA).
chair Dale Clapperton said in a previous article that Internet
content filtering could lead to censorship of drugs, political
dissident and other legal freedoms.
the public has allowed the system to be established, it is much
easier to block other material,” Clapperton said.
to preliminary trials, the best Internet content filters would
incorrectly block about 10,000 Web pages from one million.
pushes further Web censorship
Special to CNET News.com
Published: September 21, 2007 6:09 AM PDT
bill introduced this week by Australia's Parliament would give
the Australian federal police the power to control which sites
can and cannot be viewed by Australian Web surfers.
Introduced on Thursday, the bill--titled the Communications
Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content)
Bill 2007--would empower the federal police to alter the "blacklist"
of sites that are currently prohibited by the Australian Communications
and Media Authority.
list currently includes pornography and "offensive material."
However, under the amendment, federal police would be able to
add other sites to the list, including content that the AFP
Commissioner "has reason to believe...is crime- or terrorism-related
definition of material that may be liable for censorship includes
Internet content that "encourages, incites or induces,"
"facilitate(s)" or "has, or is likely to have,
the effect of facilitating" a crime.
such content has been identified by the AFP, Internet service
providers may be responsible for blocking their users from accessing
to the government, the legislation is designed to target phishing
and terrorist sites, among other online criminal activity.
new arrangements will allow harmful sites to be more quickly
added to software filters," said Eric Abetz, a senator
for Tasmania, who introduced the bill. "Of course the best
outcome is for these sites to be taken down and their hosts
prosecuted. But this takes time, particularly as most of these
sites are hosted overseas.
blacklisting means that the damage these sites can do can be
more quickly reduced whilst takedown and prosecution processes
are pursued, usually overseas," Abetz said.
groups have already criticized the legislation as
an attack on free speech.
government's extremism has reached new heights today,"
said the chair of the Australian
Privacy Foundation, Roger Clarke.
can a politician claim the right to hold office if they set
out to undermine the critical democratic right of freedom of
speech, and blatantly decline to evaluate the impact of measures
put before the Parliament?"
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Australia reported from Sydney.
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ISP type web filter service to protect your children. Comes
with the "opt-out" option for
when the children grow up and leave home. (It's known to happen)
No software needed