Tightening the net: Australia and its internet filter proposal

It was hardly what the government wanted to hear. When Communications Minister Stephen Conroy commissioned a technology company to test his proposed internet filter, he was hoping it would back the policy close to his heart. For more than a year he had been pushing a mandatory filter to block users from accessing the child abuse, bestiality and DIY terrorist guides that populate the darkest corners of cyberspace.But when the Enex TestLab report came back last October, while it agreed that a filter on internet service providers could block access to prohibited sites, it delivered a finding that appeared to fundamentally undermine the plan: ”A technically competent user could, if they wished, circumvent the filtering technology.”

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