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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Ireland Joins the Team of Internet-Filtering

Ireland Joins the Team of Internet-Filtering

Ireland Joins the Team of Internet-Filtering

Added: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The Ireland’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing Internet filtering, according to Digital Right Ireland.


It’s not now a surprise for anyone that Western nations, the well-known pillars of democracy, are discrediting the very sense of it, trying to trip over one another in their attempts to filter the web as fast as they only could. Within recent years you could see France, Australia, New Zealand and the UK implementing the similar legislation or pushing it to the final stages. Now the team is joined by Ireland, which is reportedly considering filtering laws as well.

The Ireland’s Department of Justice is reported to respond to requests filed by FOI (Freedom of Information) three months ago. Despite most of them were denied, their contents can tell us what the government’s plans are. Digital Right Ireland says that once they looked at the list of those requests, it became clear enough that the Department of Justice was pushing the introduction of Internet filtering in the country for some time now. Moreover, it was doing this on the hush, without any legislative approval or public consultation. Actually, it seems like the Department of Justice is not going to introduce the law, but is planning on introducing a new form of censorship, having no legal basis, depending on the Danish and Norwegian models, being now discredited.

The items refused involve copies of meetings between the mobile phone operator Vodafone and DOJ, discussing the Internet filtering in summer 2009; between the Office of Internet Safety and DOJ about the blocking technology in summer 2008; and even the drafts of operational procedures regarding the Internet filtering on the ISP-level last summer.

The topic of fighting child porn remains of current interest all over the world, but trying to tackle it by filtering the web won’t really have much effect. The violators will just turn to such methods like VPN, proxy and so on.

Jeff Bleich, the US Ambassador to Australia, when discussing this issue, recently emphasized that the US has achieved significant success dealing with this problem without online filtering, and they are ready to share the methods with Australia. Well, seems like Australia is not the only country in the world now which need to get acquainted to those efforts. Probably it’ll be useful for Ireland as well.

April 22th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-04-22 13:29:54)
iamezaz avatarDown you go to ur destruction ireland hip hip hurray

posted by Turtle (2010-04-22 19:06:16)
corkbarry avatarOne of the main servers,Eircom Net Blacklisted TPB 6 months ago. The Country is down the tubes as it is.

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