Australian ISP pulls out of internet filter trial
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 24/03/2009 06:19
Australia's third largest internet service provider has dealt the Rudd Government's plans for a mandatory internet filter another blow only days after a top-secret blacklist of banned web pages was leaked.
IiNet yesterday pulled out of the federal Government's internet filtering trials, blaming drawn-out negotiations with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, constant changes in policy, and last week's leak of a secret internet blacklist.
iiNet pulls out of net censorship trials
Australia's third largest internet provider, iiNet, has withdrawn from the Government's internet censorship trials, saying it could not "reconcile participation in the trial with our corporate social responsibility".
The move comes after the anonymous whistleblower site Wikileaks last week published a leaked copy of the secret Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) blacklist of prohibited websites, which forms the backbone of the Government's censorship policy.
Far from containing just "illegal material" such as child pornography, the list of prohibited websites includes a wealth of legal material such as regular gay and straight porn sites, YouTube links, online poker sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites and even the sites of a Queensland dentist, a school canteen consultancy and an animal carer.
iiNet pulls out of Govt 'censorship' trials
Australia's third largest internet provider, iiNet, has pulled out of negotiations with the Federal Government over the proposed internet filtering trial.
Minchin attacks internet filtering trial after iiNet pulls out
The Federal Opposition has stepped up its attack on the Government's internet filtering trial following the withdrawal of the country's third largest internet provider.
iiNet has pulled out of negotiations with the Government because it believes the trial is fundamentally flawed.