au: Rudd online porn-free plan questioned

A Rudd Government plan to censor internet pornography and violence could undermine another of its election promises – to speed up our internet access.The Internet Industry Association has warned the downside of censoring access could be a reduction in the speed of access to websites.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,22997228-15306,00.htmlau: Rudd porn filter fails: experts
The “clean feed” filtering system Communications Minister Stephen Conroy hopes will halt internet porn has already been defeated by British researchers.Richard Clayton, of the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, said the innovative blocking system CleanFeed, devised by British internet service provider BT, could be circumvented in a number of ways.”At first sight, it’s an effective and precise method of blocking unacceptable content,” Mr Clayton said. “But there are a number of issues to address as soon as one assumes that content providers or consumers might make serious attempts to get around it.”
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,23001130-15306,00.htmlau: Labor online strategy slammed
opinion It sounds entirely defensible, at first. The federal Government plans to protect unwary children by blocking violence and pornography on the internet.Yet this simple sounding initiative – barely discussed during the election – is riddled with technical, financial, moral and social complexities.The Government’s plan, overseen by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, would require internet service providers (ISPs) to block undesirable sites on computers accessed by all Australians.A seething Dr Roger Clarke, chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation, bluntly described the proposal as “stupid and inappropriate”.
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