Australia

Nov 12, 2012

Conroy’s new filter a political victory, but for how long?

The federal government has abandoned its internet filter, relying on a section of the Telecommunications Act to force telcos to act. But will it actually work?

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster

Stilgherrian

Technology writer and broadcaster

The government’s new internet “filtering” scheme based on Interpol’s blacklist may have been a victory for the connected, but it does little to advance the state of public administration or restrict the distribution of child abuse material.

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  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this report, and I appreciate the technical explanation which added to my understanding.

  2. Pinklefty

    Internet censorship by stealth! It’s the thin end of the wedge. First, child pornography and terrorism — who could argue with that? Later, anything that the government deems ‘subversive’.

    It’s odd that the Establishment party, the Liberals, has hardly touched this issue, while the People’s party, Labor, has repeatedly tried to put shackles on the very constituency it supposedly represents.

    Just as the U.S Democrats are now described as “Republican lite”, so the A.L.P can now be seen to be “Liberal lite”. I can only pray for some decent independents to run in the next election.

  3. The Old Bill

    What will happen to our freedom if we get an intelligent net savvy politician? That’s the real worry. Far better that communications ministers stay as thick as Conroy. Turnbull is starting to look quite scary.

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