Australia to join China, Burma and Saudi Arabia in censoring Internet

In case you hadn’t heard, Stephen Conroy (ALP’s minister for broadband) is proposing mandatory filtering of the Internet by all Australian ISPs, to ensure that children do not see “online pornography” or other “inappropriate content”. If you don’t want your internet feed filtered, then users will need to opt out of the “service”.

Read more about it here

A few questions for us all to consider if this goes ahead unopposed:

  1. Who will decide what is “pornography” and “inappropriate content”?
  2. How will we know what is on the list?
  3. If a site contains one piece of “inappropriate content” will the whole site be filtered?
  4. If a site is incorrectly put on the filter list – what is the appeals process?
  5. Why has this become an opt-out system when it was clearly stated that it would be an opt-in system before the election?
  6. Will this really stop children seeing inappropriate content? or will it make parents lazy?
  7. How will this filter (aka censorship) affect the speed of the internet?
  8. How will the government guard against mis-use of this filter?
  9. How long before this morphs into George Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth”?

While no-one is advocating that children be exposed to unsuitable material, this scheme is highly impractical and won’t work anywhere near 100%.
In addition, the costs of such a system will be high and will undoubtedly be passed on to the consumer…

Welcome to the Nanny State!

I would urge people to protest against this scheme at every opportunity…
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