I heard it on the radio. The Mandatory Internet Filter is dead. And a good job too. I’ve had a lot to say about it in the past. It was never going to work, and, in principle, it simply could not connect with the reality of what the Internet is. Sanity prevails… …and the Insanity continues. [...]
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…by “filtering” the bastards from society, as reported here: Australians caught in global paedophile ring Well done AFP and colleagues, good police work. We should invest more in you rather than waste time and money with the security-theatre of ISP filtering.
Julian Assange in this video says that wikileaks is/will be added to the ACMA blacklist. I’ve been out of the loop for a while so this could be old news. If true, it undermines the position that filtering is for non-political speech. Anyone care to comment on this or fill me in more?
Just a quick pointer to a decent article at SydneyAnglicans that points out the flaws in internet filtering: “But I’ve come to see that the proposed filter isn’t the way to do it. Basically, this is because the proposed filter is akin to cleaning the ocean with a bottle of detergent. There is so much [...]
IT professional Mark Newton has written a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Cyber Safety. A fantastic, entertaining piece, it really demonstrates that reactions to the possibilities of telecommunications is not so much blinkered by technology as sociology. A definitive excerpt: The key message for this committee arising from this discussion is that children [...]
A small thought which I’m sure is not original. When it comes to wanting to provide our children with a safe internet experience we’re doing it wrong. Most attempts to do it take a blacklist approach – “if I think you won’t like it I’ll block it.”A whitelist approach would be much better – “if [...]
Another interesting development in the Australian IT scene. In the light of reactions to to a mandatory internet filter the government has recently attacked Google for privacy breaches, and now is considering a policy to force ISPs to retain detailed information about everyone’s Internet usage – email, web access, etc. It is worthwhile articulating a [...]
I appreciate the sentiment, and the political strategy. But the new anti-filter site, http://www.timetotellmum.com/ really misses the point. I think the confusion is – is this a site to get people to talk to mum, or is this a site that you get your mum to go to. The content is the former, the style is the [...]