Kiwi Internet Filtering Goes Live

While Internet filtering went live for some New Zealand web surfers in February, the enactment was only recently announced to the general public.

The filtering technology is currently in use by two New Zealand ISPs, Maxnet and Watchdog reports ComputerWorld. Tech Liberty, a New Zealand-based digital rights group expects that the ISPs Telstra Clear, Telecom and Vodafone will also add the filter in the future, while Orcon, Slingshot and Natcom have expressed no desire to add the Internet sieve.

The filter went live on February 1, but an announcement was delayed until the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) held a meeting with its own Independent Reference Group (IRC), which maintains the master filter list. Banned websites must be approved by a trio of “warranted inspectors of publications.” 7,000 banned URLs featured on the list are related to child sexual abuse.

Maxnet CEO John Hanna said his company has been involved in a filtering trial for two years, adding that, “to my knowledge we’ve never had a complaint.”

Thomas Beagle of Tech Liberty called the induction of the filter, “a sad day for New Zealand Internet.” The group also used the words of U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to back their anti-filter stance, quoting Clinton as saying, “Those who disrupt the free flow of information in our society, or any other, pose a threat to our economy, our government and our civil society.”

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    DarkSaber says:

    The Australian internet filter is not in use. Yet.

    If you’re going to exagerate at least get the most basic facts right.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Magic says:

    I think Hillary has been playing Alpha Centauri. :) Reminds me of:

    "As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth’s final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master." 
    – Commissioner Pravin Lal

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. It appears to be targeted towards ultra-obscene content, but all it takes is for some self-righteous puritans to get into the government’s system and anything they deem objectionable could be banned.

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    Aliasalpha says:

    I’m reminded of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy:

    "But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."

    "Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."

    "But the plans were on display …"

    "On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

    "That’s the display department."

    "With a flashlight."

    "Ah, well the lights had probably gone."

    "So had the stairs."

    "But look, you found the notice didn’t you?"

    "Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’."

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