Australia’s compulsory internet filtering ‘costly, ineffective’

The Federal Government is planning to make internet censorship compulsory for all Australians and could ban controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.Australia’s level of net censorship will put it in the same league as countries including China, Cuba, Iran and North Korea, and the Government will not let users opt out of the proposed national internet filter when it is introduced.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24571118-15306,00.htmlInternet ‘Clean Feed’ met with stern opposition
The government’s plan to clean up the internet is drawing criticism from activists who say it’s on par with the censorship regimes of countries like China and North Korea. The so called “Clean Feed” Internet plan is aimed at protecting children from offensive material. But there are fears the software may curtail the online activities of adults too, with filters on websites deemed controversial or inappropriate, like euthanasia.
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2404848.htm [transcript]
rtsp://media1.abc.net.au/reallibrary/audio/pm/200810/20081029-pm08-censorship.rm [Real Audio]
mms://media4.abc.net.au/winlibrary/audio/pm/200810/20081029-pm08-censorship.wma [Windows Media Player]Filter to cause World Wide Wait
Internet speeds could slow by 30 per cent under the Government’s proposed web filtering scheme, even though it will do little to block illegal content.That’s the warning from technical experts, who also say the plan could expose users’ financial details during online banking sessions and see popular websites including Facebook and YouTube banned.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24575125-15306,00.htmlInternet screening move hits hurdle
A headline-grabbing election promise to crack down on internet nasties looks to be in trouble as Senate opposition grows.As part of its election-winning pitch, the Rudd Government promised families far-reaching measures to block prohibited content at the internet server level. It now faces a concerted backlash against the proposal by the internet industry.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2008/10/30/1224956188036.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/10/30/1224956188036.htmlHere comes the filternet
Opposition is stirring in the gay community over the Rudd Government’s plan to compulsorily filter material deemed “inappropriate” from the internet.Gay politics email networks have begun buzzing with concern over the policy, which will require all internet service providers (ISPs) to implement a two-tiered filtering system.
http://mcv.e-p.net.au/features/here-comes-the-filternet-4364.htmlInternet censorship fears
The Federal Government’s promised “clean feed” internet content filter has caused a panic among queer activists who fear overzealous blocking of same-sex support and lobby websites.”I am very fearful that the Federal Government’s clean feed proposal will result in Australians being too apathetic to opt out, and therefore existing by default under a Great Firewall of Australia which places our visibility back into a nice, convenient closet,” WA queer activist Rod Swift told Sydney Star Observer.
http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/2008/10/29/internet-censorship-fears/2434

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