Australian Minister Still Planning for Obligatory Web FilterAdded: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
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Communications Minister of Australia says that despite the recent change in Prime Minister, the country’s government is still going to forward the plans for implementing an obligatory Net filter.
The plan was initially suggested as a voluntary attempt to protect kids, but since then it has somehow morphed into an obligatory effort to make ISPs filter the web of all offensive, inconsistent and unauthorized content. Now kids porno restrictions evolved to legal porno, peer-to-peer traffic and gambling restrictions, which couldn’t make Australian citizens very happy.
Several months ago the plan was delayed for indefinite period of time. Steven Conroy, the Australia’s Communications Minister hopes the plan will be reintroduced later this year. However, the plan caused lots of criticism for fighting child porno in such a way. The rest of countries in the world somehow manage fighting the scourge of child porn in the Internet just fine by some other methods, where filtering personal Internet connection is not included.
Even Google highlighted that it may have to reconsider its presence in this country like in some of the others, reassuring its principled decision to quit China which required it to filter search results. Australia, in this regard, needs to justify their use of filtering and lack of disclosure of the information on what is actually being filtered. Such question arises from acknowledging the fact that pedophiles usually distribute kids pornography through services that can be wholly unaffected by proposed filtering scheme, such as newsgroups, P2P, Cyberlockers and FTPs to name the least.
The only establishment that has announced to support the government’s Internet filtering suggestion was, surprisingly, the country’s Christian Lobby, which keeps calling for web filtering. Firstly it demanded the government to obligatory block porno and R18+, consequently providing an opt-in system for those who’s willing to access it. Later, at the end of 2009 it made a requirement to review the Internet filter after 3 years to extend it in terms of affecting also X and R(!)-rated online content.
The talk about implementing the filter lasts for quite a long time now, and the last question to Conroy this topic arose was how is he going to introduce the Net filtering without employing legions of monitors like those from China?
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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
|posted by (2010-07-06 17:21:44)|
|Thanks Sam, things are looking up in the P2P world. After I get my 3 strikes in this country, I'm off to the land down under with my trusty VPN to throw another shrimp on the barby. No worries. The Aussie government have done their bit and no more letters demanding money with menaces as in the good ole USA.|
|posted by (2010-07-07 00:27:03)|
|Where is the pirate party etc and others on this doesn't seem like much of a fight is going on over this censor ship- hopefully peerblock and V P N etc can keep up so users have no fears . .|
|posted by (2010-07-07 02:09:53)|
|If any of these stupid fools in government would get their heads out of their behinds and look at where most of the kiddy porn is being accessed, they would realise that an internet filter is useless in this fight against the scourge of kiddy porn. Anyone with half an understanding of file transfer technology realises that there is the world wide web and their is the internet. BOTH ARE NOT THE SAME! Most hard core porn watchers use FTP to transfer their filth, as has been proven in many court cases where these pieces of human trash have been convicted. But because of those powers that be are ignorant (and that is the best word because they refuse to realise the difference between www and ftp and ofcourse other ways to transfer files etc) they just pick on what they know, which of course is only a small percentage of the truth. Plus when was the last time most of these politicians did any "grunt work"? They get their PA's or secretaries to do it. IGNORANT FOOLS! I must admit I mainly use the www to access files nowadays, but 10 years ago it was all ftp. I use PeerBlock as well but I do not trust these bastards in government at all. They are narrow minded idiots who cannot see the truth. I live in Australia and hate the idea of this filter. But if it comes in I will just find ways to circumvent it just as most good files users do. LOL!|
|posted by (2010-07-07 04:04:07)|
|Okay lets remember that governments regardless of where they are don't really think they can begin to address such massive challenges, they realize that at best they can help to create some jobs that will enable them to at least look like they are addressing the problems!|
In government one must at least appear to be doing something about a problem....money helps create such smoke screens, the media plays its part.....in giving life to a non existent entity!
|posted by (2010-07-07 04:12:52)|
|Hmm almost time to turn from the Australian flag and try again for the Southern Cross flag PURE Aussie.... then again last time we did that we were crushed before we got any momentum. (the Eureka rebellion anyone?)|
|Hey how about this idea|
anyone convicted of being a paedophile lock them up for life and do not let them out! The governments just P***ed because they dont get taxes from the gambling websites and the porn people pay for using credit cards! its all about tax here! Maybe like indonesia we could put all the paedophiles on a boat and send them as refugees to another country! once again no paedohphiles no web filter!
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