i-reek writes: The Australian ABC is carrying a story that the Prime Minister, John Howard , has announced his government will be extending its "internet safety scheme" with a view to "to detect, deter and investigate criminal behaviour, especially targeting online predators." The government has committed to provide internet filters to every Australian family through internet service providers who will have to provide a filtered service on request. The program also includes the setup of a family support hotline and internet safety officers to help schools and community groups. An extra $40 million has been pledged to expand the Australian Federal Police team responsible for online crime targeting children, bringing the total amount promised to be spent on the scheme to $189 million. The cynical might note that it is an election year, that no detail has been provided, or is scheduled to be provided, on how ISPs would filter services and that John Howard is noted for successful scaremongering before elections. Shame on the cynical.
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