Enex Testlab wants content filter report released

Managing director says company would be happy to get feedback on methodology used

The managing director of the company responsible for the testing of the Federal Government's controversial ISP-level content filtering trial wants the results made public.

Enex Testlab managing director Matt Tett said he would prefer the government release a report on the trial to the public so people can see the methodology used.

"I think at this stage I would definitely [want it made public], it is such a public thing it should be released. I think the minister or the minister's offices made undertakings in the past that it will be but we honestly don't know," he said. "As far as the testing goes people will see the transparency we have and it is better if it is out there."

Enex came under fire from some quarters during the trial because it was not able to release the methodology due to a non-disclosure agreement signed with the Government.

Senator Stephen Conroy has yet to say when he will release the pilot report despite criticism from shadow communications minister Nick Minchin.

Tett said Enex Testlab would be happy for the methodology involved to be evaluated but it is up to the Government to decide if the report is released.

"Because of the politics and ethics behind it all people get emotional and that is fine because it is really the information that is out in the public domain that people are basing their opinions on," he said. "For us the majority of people that take time to do research and think about what our role is in the project, they know it is not the be-all and end-all of it. Obviously there are the emotional and politically charged ones that want to see us as the big bad wolf, but most people doing decent due diligence realise that this isn't the first time we have done something like this [the testing] and probably won't be the last time."

The company, which is part of RMIT in Melbourne, has been operational for eight years and has conducted many content filter and other kinds of tests. It is also looking to expand into the US in the next 12-18 months after setting up shop in the UK and China over the last couple of years.

Last week the Australian Computer Society (ACS) released a report that said the Federal Government’s Internet filtering scheme is likely to impact ISP networks speeds, and ultimately, the cost of Internet access for consumers.

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