[clug] Internet Censorship - Advice?

David Cottrill cottrill.david at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 04:31:28 GMT 2008

I think Michael is on to a winner here, anything I add would be
rehashing what he has put.

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:40 PM, Michael Ross <michael.ross at atice.org> wrote:
> Hi David,
> Given you only have 10-15 minutes and the audience I would avoid discussing
> the technical side as much as possible. Basically I would structure the
> presentation as:
> - What the government proposal is aiming to deliver (ie. two filtered
> internet feeds, one for 'children' and the other for 'everybody else')
> - A 'one size fits all' approach doesn't work for filtering childrens
> content. ie - what age child will it be appropriate for? 4? 5? 10? How do
> you account for different parenting styles?
> - Question what content will be on the list? Should the government only ban
> illegal content on the 'everybody else' list? Mention the idea of banning
> 'unwanted' content is being looked at - who decides what 'unwanted' content
> is?
> - Question who will manage the list of blocked content? ie. who should be
> able to add sites to the 'blocked' list? if a site is added to the list
> incorrectly how easy will be it be to remove it? How will the people making
> these changes be held accountable?
> - Mention that current trials show the proposed technology will make the
> internet slower and incorrectly block 'legal' okay content in some cases.
> - Summarise - my (personal) view on the topic is 'I'm happy to see the
> government actively working to remove illegal content from the internet. I
> don't feel that the proposed filter is the right way to go about this. Given
> the ethnical questions still un-answered and the technical limitations, I
> feel the money could be spent much better elsewhere'. Feel free to add your
> own thoughts :-)
> This approach keeps the talk focused & stays away from some more of the
> trickier (ie. questioning the conduct of the gov MP trying to implement
> this) points.
> Cheers :-)
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