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Submission + - Mandatory internet filters to protect children ( 5

CaptainDefragged writes: Just announced on the Australian ABC News site Senator Conroy says it will be mandatory for all internet service providers to provide clean feeds, or ISP filtering, to houses and schools that are free of pornography and inappropriate material. ... Senator Conroy says anyone wanting uncensored access to the internet will have to opt out of the service, and will work with the industry to ensure the filters do not affect the speed of the internet.
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Mandatory internet filters to protect children

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  • He says the Government will work with the industry to ensure the filters do not affect the speed of the internet.

    They might as well legislate an end to gravity. Filters cost money and time. False postives cost even more and all of this is multiplied by browser behavior and site javascript that tries to punish ad blocking with load delays.

    Anyone who thinks they will be allowed to opt out is in for a rude shock later.

  • It is my firm belief that the internet should be completely uncensored and the duty of censorship should lie with the parents if they choose to do so. While it might be initially a good idea to "guard" kids when they are 8 as soon as they turn 13 that filter is going to really get on their nerves and generally ruin their experience. No I'm not saying the kids are going on a porn hunt, I'm saying all of these filters have either not worked well enough or generated too many false positives. Not to mention the
  • I have NEVER had a filter do its job, but I have been blacklisted because I wasn't using a M$ OS
  • "Labor makes no apologies to those that argue that any regulation of the internet is like going down the Chinese road," he said.

    "If people equate freedom of speech with watching child pornography, then the Rudd-Labor Government is going to disagree."

    Does anyone else get the impression that the reason for this is that he *wants* to go down the "Chinese road", and it just using child porn as an excuse?

  • Stop letting Helen Lovejoy into your various government sessions. Seriously. It's getting old.

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