iiNet welcomes Conroy’s ISP filtering plans

ISP says it wants to make sure any changes introduced are workable

iiNet has welcomed the Federal Government’s new cyber security plans – which include the introduction of mandatory ISP-level filtering -- calling the initiative a “structured and disciplined approach” to enhanced cyber safety.

The ISP said it has been working cooperatively with other major ISPs to define a set of principles under which an internet filtering approach can operate, including a clear and focused policy, and efficient and effective processes in determining and removing prohibitions on content, and transparency and accountability.

“The ongoing dialogue with the Minister has been useful, and we are pleased that further essential consultation is planned on matters of process and transparency,” the ISP said in a statement. “This announcement today is an important step on the way to a supportable framework.”

iiNet said it planned to contribute further to the public consultation on measures to improve the accountability and transparency of processes, and would work with the government on the detailed implementation of ISP-level filtering.

“iiNet has previously raised concerns with ISP level filtering which it believes is unlikely to have a significant effect on illegal activity,” the statement reads. “As the Government has decided to introduce legislation, iiNet wants to make sure any changes introduced are workable.”

Read communications analyst Paul Budde’s concerns with the announcement.

See also why one of AusNOG's founding members says the Government's decision will be detrimental for the ISP industry

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