Australian Internet Filter Delayed

Australian Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy (pictured) has said that implementation of a mandatory Internet filter in the country will be delayed for about a year while the government examines exactly what constitutes content that is “refused classification.”

Conroy had intended to introduce official legislation on the matter in early 2010, but, according to ABC, will now delay it until later in the year, biding time as an independent review looks into what exactly should be banned by the filter. Who will be conducting the review is not known, or at least has not been revealed as of yet.

Conroy noted that depictions of child sexual abuse imagery, bestiality, sexual violence, detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use and material that advocates a terrorist act are banned under the RC rating, adding, “…this material is not available in newsagencies; it is not on library shelves. You cannot watch it on a DVD or at the cinema and it is not shown on television.”

It was reported that, “in the meantime,” three Australian ISPs have agreed to block websites featuring child pornography.

Earlier this week, Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard endorsed plans for the filter.

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    Baruch_S says:

    First they need to figure out how they’re actually going to implement this, and then they should figure out how to keep it running when angry and bored hackers decide to attack it. For some reason, I can just see a /b/ assault on this thing if Australia can ever work out the logistics and get the bill passed.

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    Chris Kimberley says:

    Very true.  But that little fact wont stop them from spending tons of taxpayer money on it.  And it will stop the casual user from getting that stuff.  Chances are though the people who are out looking for things like child porn are not what can be described as the "casual user".


    Chris Kimberley

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    axiomatic says:

    The task is still impossible to complete no matter how hard they try. I said the same thing the last time I replied to this topic. All of Australias "old farts" plans here go out the window when one pimply teenager sets up a personal proxy with a friend in another country. They will all laugh and sip Boost and Amp drinks while high fiving themselves that they worked around this filter in less than 10 minutes. I mean seriously, this is exactly how the whole US works around the stupid sports blackout rules as well.

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    Chris Kimberley says:

    That would a function for the citizens to perform.  If people vote for them, they will stick around.


    Chris Kimberley

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    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    I can see australians censoring stuff like that old Simpsons episode on Australia, instead of just child porn and bullshit.

    Seroiusly, governments should be retiring their old members faster. They ruin everything with their ancient views.

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