[clug] OT: Protesting the proposed clean feed?

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Fri Oct 24 00:21:31 GMT 2008

On 24/10/2008, at 11:13 , jm wrote:

> Just reading this and, as has been mentioned in a number of places,  
> the  live trial. This made me think, as someone who works for a  
> local ISP, a Canberran ISP should volunteer as a test bed.

My vote would be for the Australian Government to prove that this  
system is workable by having Telstra implement it for their retail  
customers. Having the option to leave Telstra for another ISP would  
give the Government some incontrovertible evidence of how much the  
populace actually supports mandatory filtering.

Then the Government can have filtering in place for as many people  
exist in Australia who want prove that they are not pedophiles by  
subscribing to Telstra!

It's a win-win situation for everyone! The paranoid get their broken  
Internet, the rest of us get to live our lives as normal and not have  
to worry about what stuff that *isn't* kiddie porn is being blocked  
by the AMCA's black list. Just a reminder to folks to go research the  
blocking of certain political party sites in the USA as a very public  
example of what evil can be wrought with Internet filtering -  
especially if the benchmark for false positives is set at such a  
level that blocking of (for example) The Greens could be attributed  
to "oops... maybe they shouldn't be talking about controversial  
subjects such as land rights for gay whales then?"


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