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The Great Firewall of Australia?

28 Oct

This issue has also been tossed about a lot recently; see for example Pip Wilson: Australian Govt’s Plan to Censor the Internet is ‘Stricter than Iran’. Aluminium mentioned it in a comment a couple of weeks back. She drew attention to this:

Australians will be unable to opt-out of the government’s pending Internet content filtering scheme, and will instead be placed on a watered-down blacklist, experts say.

Under the government’s $125.8 million Plan for Cyber-Safety, users can switch between two blacklists which block content inappropriate for children, and a separate list which blocks illegal material.

Pundits say consumers have been lulled into believing the opt-out proviso would remove content filtering altogether…

Anyone who has experienced a Net Nanny, as teachers here in NSW do every day, knows just how dumb they can be. No, Kevin Rudd and company, this is the wrong track. Let computer users exercise their own responsibility, even get a Nanny of their own if they want. Don’t even try to do it at ISP level. Has Kevin spent too much time in China, I wonder?

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One response to “The Great Firewall of Australia?

  1. Bruce

    October 28, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    …even get a Nanny of their own if they want.

    The rat race has given parents less time for their kids these days, and I’m afraid that the Internet has stepped in as a babysitter. I can remember Young Media Australia had a publication out in ’99-2000 (geez it feels like yesterday) back when it was the Nintendo64 and Playstation doing the babysitting.

     
 
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