Australia moving ahead with ISP-level porn filtering despite previous failures

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Despite the fact that previously attempted ISP-level filtering technology failed, the Australian government will go ahead with a plan to implement such filtering, starting with a trial in Tasmania. The Government will spend $89 million to deploy the filtering system in hopes of protecting youngsters from accessing X-rated material. (For illustrative purposes only: the initiative was announced at an event held by the Australian Christian Lobby.) So, the Government will spend lots of money on a program that doesn’t work. I know the water drains “backwards” down there, but is logic also reversed in Australia?

ISPs will have a blacklist. Try to access a site on the blacklist and you’ll be denied a connection. Even more annoying, the filter will be on by default, meaning if you want to see what you want to see you’ll have to call your ISP to get an unfiltered connection.

I don’t know, it seems that teaching your kids from an early age what’s acceptable in your house would be a lot cheaper and more effective long-term than such filtering technique, but I’m not a politician who has interests to please.

Australia moving ahead with plans to erect ISP porn filters [Ars Technica]

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