Australian Federal Government to introduce mandatory ISP-level filtering

Will block Refused Classification material

The Federal Government will introduce legislative amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act to require all ISPs to block Refused Classification (RC)-rated material hosted on overseas servers.

The introduction of mandatory ISP-level filtering follows the release of the Enex TestLab report which trialed the viability of ISP-level filtering among nine Australian ISPs.

“ISP filtering reduces the risk of Australians being inadvertently exposed to RC-rated material when they are online,” communications minister Stephen Conroy said in a statement. “The report into the pilot trial of ISP-level filtering demonstrates that blocking RC-rated material can be done with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed.” The move is part of a raft of new cyber safety measures including a grants program to encourage the introduction of optional filtering by Internet Service Providers, to block additional content as requested by households.

The measures also include an expansion of the cyber-safety outreach program run by the ACMA and the Cyber-Safety Online Helpline aimed at improving education and awareness of online safety.

As part of the introduction of ISP filter, the Government has also released a consultation paper on how RC material is placed on the RC content list for the purposes of mandatory ISP filtering and how those decisions can be reviewed.

“Through a combination of additional resources for education and awareness, mandatory internet filtering of RC-rated content, and optional ISP-level filtering, we have a package that balances safety for families and the benefits of the digital revolution,” Conroy said in a statement.

“We welcome the constructive input of Australia’s four largest ISPs – Telstra, Optus, iiNet and Primus. These companies came forward to help inform the Government’s approach. Between them these ISPs account for more than 80 per cent of internet users in Australia.”

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18 Comments

Anonymous

1

This MUST fail. The fool, Conroy, has NOT listened to the people. He MUST go, as must the puppet-master, Rudd!

Jeremy West

2

Unbelievable. The politicians will still find ways to access their kiddie porn while censoring dissenting political thought for their constituency. Stifling political dissent is not "family safety" but this is what it has been sold has and is what it is really all about. It is a dark hour for Australia.

Michael from WA

3

I must be in the minority - I think that this is a good idea.

There are things I dont want my kids to see and I do have parental controls software but it isn't foolproof.

For example, if you use google's image search with "SafeSearching" turned off (WHICH CANT BE LOCKED ACORDING TO GOOGLE) then it will pick up hard core pornography. Because the images are copied into google, the filter didn't work.

Who knows what other loopholes may be out there in the cloud

Anonymous

4

https://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet&id=684

I BET they put THAT on the list :) It's the GetUp! ad campaign for "Censordyne"

Anonymous

5

You might not think it was such a good idea, Michael from WA, if you knew even a little about the technology involved. And it will do nothing about "loopholes in the cloud", whatever that means.

The Conroy/Rudd secret censorship will not do what you expect. If you think for one moment that the filter will mean you don't have to monitor what your kids are looking at, then you and your kids are in for a rude surprise (pun intended).

It won't work well enough to do what is claimed, despite the glowing endorsements from Conroy and the various industry sectors who expect to do very well out of all those taxpayer millions.

What it will do is give this or a future government the means to secretly censor anything that they deem to be "inappropriate" (Conroy's own word). So it's only a matter of time before some pollie is unable to resist using the ability to secretly ban opposing points of view. We will know nothing about this, because it will all be secret, with heavy penalties for disclosing what is being censored.

Jeremy West

6

Again unbelievable, letting government legislate the filtering of information because of your inability to monitor your children?????? Absolutely unbelievable. Have you not learned from simple history that giving government power to censor under any name leads to far heinous "spiritual" or other repercussions than the farcical vices it purports to "protect" us against? Your children will be exposed to the deviants of reality with or without the Internet, it is your primary parental responsibility to safeguard your childrens mental and physical health, NOT government. Spineless, clueless parents are the real problem behind the gradual loss of modern freedom.

Anonymous

7

A simple comparison for the simple pollies! We will have the NBN, the 6 lane autobarn with a 200kmh speed limit...with a single toll booth in the middle and being fed at either end via a single lane road which is a 40Kmh school zone with a pedestrian crossing and a couple of roundabouts for extra confusion....Just brilliant!! I think I might put a 10Mbit router to route between my 10Gbit backbone VLAN's, just so my work network will be as slow as the *FILTERED* internet....

Jahm Mitt

8

The great thing about all of this religious or "culty" guff, is that all the sheeple groveling in their steeple, they all have "opinions" about what their deity is "saying" and righteously so, but the deity in the last few thousands of years of "omnipotence", has never once put in a personal appearance.

You know like if "JC and the Space Cadets" were a rock band - the clueless would have caught on that while the promoters claim that they play in gigs all over the land, but they have never turned up; while the clueless and stupid keep rocking up and buying the tickets.

Losers.

So the same overlording us with more holier than thou drivel, is projected into the area of computer games and internet sites.

Again while people get slaughtered for fun and profit in the movies and the real world, playing computer games doing the same stuff is just not on?

Why?

Am I surprised that the people thrusting their liturgical loins at the censors office for "standards and decency" are not trying to put the shackles on those who choose to have their own autonomous opinions, by declaring them to workers of the devil, sorcery and witches - starting with the jabbings for the devils mark.

Am I even further surprised that this is now extending into the Great Australian Firewall.

Perhaps those who cry loudest are those who look forlornly upon the promises of the bible, such as Ezekiel 23: 21 "whose members were like those of donkeys, and whose emission was like that of stallions."

I mean who wouldn't want that or to be getting that?

I mean thank god Conroy is standing up for real Christian family values.

Jesus said in Revelation 2:22-23 "And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."

So Jesus wants to kill our kids - that's cool cause it is Jesus.

Timbo says I Timothy 2:11-14 "Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence."

So all the women ought to keep their traps shut. I mean it's in the bible - so it must be true right.

And God digs killing pregnant chicks by knifing them and smashing their kids brains out on the ground; so the christians have got this family values stuff down pat: Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up."

So Conroy and his catholic buddies have got this right - we have to be protected against them out there on the internet and subjugate ourselves to the righteous christians showing us how their god loves us and how we ought to be kissing his ass, on the basis of their say so.

Oh did I mention that the old testament is a scammed copy of the Code of Hammurubi? The King of Babylons state laws - and the first 6 books of the bible are bare faced rip offs of this, just rebranded to a diety instead of the king?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_Hammurabi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_code_of_Hammurabi.pdf

Yep gotta remember them good old christian family values, the true word of god is the bible... except that getting nailed for copyright and plagarisim wasn't invented then.

daz in newcastle

9

great,aust turns more into a communist country every day.what happened to freedom?.

Anonymous

10

...you voted for them, that's what happened. Same thing in the U.S. and the U.K.

Anonymous

11

Has the Government never heard of an anonymising proxy server? Can't see how a filter can properly operate...

Anonymous

12

No point in upgrading our corporate internet links now. If services slow down we can all just point the finger at Conroy.

If parents want a sanitised world for their kids then they should lock them indoors, get rid of the TV, Radio, telephones and internet.

John

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Bah humbug ..... Internet filters won't work., no matter how theirt introdoced and updated.

I blame parents for this....

All where doing is instead of having software on our local machine, were moving that elsewhere (ISP, remote access etc...)

May work for a bit (like elerything else), but sooner or later we'll be right back to sqaure one......

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