Jan 5, 2009

Conroy attacks BitTorrent: Ruins Australia online

With Australia's broadband development already well behind the pace, we can't afford to cripple an efficient distribution mechanism, writes Stilgherrian.

The biggest criticism of the Rudd government's plan to centrally censor the internet -- apart from it being ill-defined, secretive, a potential human rights abuse, a great way to screw up broadband speeds, poorly planned, way behind schedule and tackling the problem of child s-xual abuse in completely the wrong way -- is that it won't work. As Crikey has reported several times before, none of the filters tested in the first half of 2008 could touch peer-to-peer (P2P) networks like BitTorrent, which is where The Bad Stuff lives.

Just before Christmas, Senator Conroy tackled that last bit by declaring in a single sentence on his new blog: "Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be tested in the live pilot trial." If so, it's news to the ISPs who signed up. But then they haven't been given official notification yet, and the trials were meant to start before Christmas. Ahem.

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2 thoughts on “Conroy attacks BitTorrent: Ruins Australia online

  1. mike smith

    Gary, I’d be happy if they used faith alone to filter the internet. 🙂

    I’m wondering if Senator Conroy isn’t smarter than I originally thought (that wouldn’t be hard) and isn’t just putting the whole filter idea out to a “death by committee”. If he can stall it long enough, maybe the fruitcakes^H family first will get voted out.

  2. garyb

    a rare moment to assemble such vociferous opposition from across the entire political spectrum…perhaps one interpretation ‘must be doing something right’..suggests we have a failure to communicate to people who use the system

    the other interpretation is Senator Conroy ( and advisors) have got it completely wrong!

    Occam’s Razor suggests he is just wrong headed

    on the other hand, such filtering will prove to be so completely ineffective and the embarassment will cause a resignation or two of all those associated..

    one generous interpretation…and a way out…consolidate all the blacklists held by ISPs currently into a centrally managed governement regulated and subject to appeal process

    very defensible

    and probably what was intended originally…however, the religious zealots got into the picture

    faith plays a big part in their system too, so i am informed

    they are alternative interpretations of how well that system works too!

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