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Windows 7: Australia Imposes Internet Filter

15 Dec 2009   #1
dmex

 
Australia Imposes Internet Filter

THE Federal Government is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to filter the internet, saying illegal material can be blocked "with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed"

Government pushes forward with internet filtering | News.com.au


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15 Dec 2009   #2
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmex View Post
THE Federal Government is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to filter the internet, saying illegal material can be blocked "with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed"

Government pushes forward with internet filtering | News.com.au
That is a bummer...if that happened in the US I would be outraged
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15 Dec 2009   #3
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmex View Post
THE Federal Government is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to filter the internet, saying illegal material can be blocked "with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed"

Government pushes forward with internet filtering | News.com.au
That is a bummer...if that happened in the US I would be outraged
Many of us are outraged; but if the government gets it right and it only blocks "child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime and drug use" (quote from article), then I have no problem with it and it should be a good thing. However as an Australian, I am suspect that this 'filter' will open Pandora's box and in years to come we may find all sorts of things blocked. I don't want Australia to become the new North Korea or China of the internet.
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15 Dec 2009   #4
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmex View Post
THE Federal Government is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to filter the internet, saying illegal material can be blocked "with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed"

Government pushes forward with internet filtering | News.com.au
That is a bummer...if that happened in the US I would be outraged
Many of us are outraged; but if the government gets it right and it only blocks "child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime and drug use" (quote from article), then I have no problem with it and it should be a good thing. However as an Australian, I am suspect that this 'filter' will open Pandora's box and in years to come we may find all sorts of things blocked. I don't want Australia to become the new North Korea or China of the internet.
I agree...lets hope it doesn't
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15 Dec 2009   #5
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

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The Federal Government is going ahead with plans to force all Australian servers to filter internet traffic and block any material the Government deems ‘inappropriate’. Under the plan, the Government can add any ‘unwanted’ site to a secret blacklist.
Testing has been released on systems that will slow our internet by up to 87%, make it more expensive, miss the vast majority of inappropriate content and accidentally block up to 1 in 12 legitimate sites. Our children deserve better protection - and that won't be achieved by wasting millions on this deeply flawed system.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...filtering.html
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16 Dec 2009   #6
RogerR

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
Many of us are outraged; but if the government gets it right and it only blocks "child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime and drug use" (quote from article), then I have no problem with it and it should be a good thing.
These things always start with the best intent ... Once you have a capability however, political pressure to modify the original construct is inevitable. Imagine this as a tool of say, Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Kiss your sweet torrents goodbye.
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16 Dec 2009   #7
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

I have to agree that if the government sets the basics as banned and leaves it like that then a filter would be OK...
Up here in Canada ISPs can voluntarily join a program that blocks child pornography; and, well, I don't think that very many of us know that we have a filter.

however, the Wikipedia page on blocking isn't very promising for Austrailians:

Blue; no
yellow: some
red: under surveillance
Black: Black hole.
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16 Dec 2009   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
Many of us are outraged; but if the government gets it right and it only blocks "child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime and drug use" (quote from article), then I have no problem with it and it should be a good thing. However as an Australian, I am suspect that this 'filter' will open Pandora's box and in years to come we may find all sorts of things blocked. I don't want Australia to become the new North Korea or China of the internet.
While I would agree with your sentiment, but I have found that when a government is given an inch, they take a mile...in time, the miles add up.
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16 Dec 2009   #9
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

The filter will block more than child porn. It is based on a blacklist of sites that are refused classification. Some of these sites are NOT illegal in any way (a few are quite harmless) Don't let this government fool you. This type of mandatory filtering is censorship: plain and simple! It cannot work effectively and is a huge waste of resources. I have seen the leaked list of banned sites and the vast majority have nothing to do with child sexual abuse. I am very passionate about this topic and will not stand by while a government tells me what I can and can't look it on the internet
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16 Dec 2009   #10
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
The filter will block more than child porn. It is based on a blacklist of sites that are refused classification. Some of these sites are NOT illegal in any way (a few are quite harmless) Don't let this government fool you. This type of mandatory filtering is censorship: plain and simple! It cannot work effectively and is a huge waste of resources. I have seen the leaked list of banned sites and the vast majority have nothing to do with child sexual abuse. I am very passionate about this topic and will not stand by while a government tells me what I can and can't look it on the internet
Agreed. I too have seen the list, many sites are not in the category's mentioned by the article. Like I said, 'Pandora's box' and once opened who know's where we will be?
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