Politics

Jan 11, 2008

Why government internet filtering won’t work

If such magic devices as “filters that would prevent access to child p-rn-graphy” existed I’d buy three. I’d also buy a perpetual motion machine and an elixir of eternal youth, writes Stilgherrian.

Broadband minister Stephen Conroy proposes to clean up the internet. It won’t work. But Senator Conroy has framed this as “fighting child p-rn-graphy”, so rational debate is unlikely.

If this was only about “prohibited content”, the emotive rhetoric from Child Wise would be bearable. Indeed, if such magic devices as “filters that would prevent access to child p-rn-graphy” existed I’d buy three. I’d also buy a perpetual motion machine and an elixir of eternal youth.

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5 thoughts on “Why government internet filtering won’t work

  1. dermot McGuire

    Mr Wilson the middle ground is with mums and dads not filters at Government level.

  2. Stephen WIlson

    I’m a security expert, I know filtering per se is impossible, but why ridicule and pillory any and all attempts to do something about access to extreme material on the Net? Is there no middle ground? Stephen Wilson, Lockstep Consulting.

  3. dermot mcguire

    solutions you sell perhaps?

  4. Stephen Wilson

    As I said, I know filters don’t work. But is there no room in the debate for other technical solutions? Parents don’t know what’s up. Even if they did, education & surveillance are not enough. We don’t rely on education alone for e.g. car safety!

  5. jk

    The NSW Department of Education has banned access through its servers to YouTube and many other sites. So kids lose access to the valuable resources posted there and also are prevented from learning how to browse wisely.

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