Fractious ISPs may fumble their chance on Australia’s internet filter

Australian ISPs have an opportunity to see off Labor’s mandatory internet censorship laws, but their disunity could let it slip.For three years, the internet lobby has been fighting a losing battle to stop the laws, which would require them to put filters in place that would, in theory, block illegal internet content. Last week, the federal government delayed the legislation and gave ISPs an opportunity to work within a voluntary filtering scheme adopted by Optus, Telstra and Primus.However, the voluntary filter scheme rather has fractured the industry than united it, with two major ISPs, Internode and TPG, refusing to co-operate.To read this report in The Australian in full, see:
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If ISPs blocked child sexual abuse pages voluntarily, the government would not need to impose filtering, a child protection group says.Child Wise chief executive Bernadette McMenamin said she was heartened that major ISPs such as Telstra and Optus had put up their hands to block child pornography and child abuse web pages voluntarily while the federal government reviewed its classification scheme.

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