[clug] OT: Protesting the proposed clean feed?

jm jeffm at ghostgun.com
Wed Oct 22 03:29:00 GMT 2008

Dans Guardian is very good having tested it myself for use at an ISP. It 
wouldn't be too hard to switch the filters to a govt approved one. The 
trouble would be in supplying this to the individuals who wish to use it 
in a form aceptable to them. The best location for such a package would 
be on the CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) Router. The trouble here is 
that most (all?) manufactures see this as a means to get the customer 
into a subscription service to generate more revenue. While there are 
OSS replacement firmware images for some routers, most noteably the 
linksys WRT series and is reasonably idiot proof, the general public 
would not find this solution acceptable for various reason, eg, they 
have to do something for themselves.

Damn, almost managed to keep the cynical side in the bag for the entire 


Robert Edwards wrote:
> I'm also opposed to any Govt. controlled filtering of the Internet.
> But I am also a parent and I have Dans Guardian installed on my
> (Debian) router/firewall/squid etc. server.
> The question I think we should be asking is how can Open Source help
> solve this problem at the individual subscriber level? What is the best
> that we can offer to parents/educators etc. who really do want to be
> able to restrict what their children or other dependents can access on
> the Internet?
> What is our "best practice" for home Internet filtering?
> Looking forward to hearing what others may have done.
> Cheers,
> Bob Edwards.

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