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Australia to offer ISP filtering

For any of you Aussies out there this may, or may not be news to you. The Australian Government has decided to offer ISP level filtering for anybody who wants it, at no extra charge. For many of you, this will have no effect, but for the kids out there whose parents pay for the internet, this may mean that many of the websites they visit (Such as this one maybe!) will be blocked. The option will become availiable the start of next month. Below is an excerpt from SlashDot.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald article, the Australia government has decided to take the controversial step of having internet service providers filter web content at the request of parents, in a crackdown on online bad language, pornography and child sex predators. ‘The more efficient compulsory filtering of internet service providers (ISPs) was proposed in March last year by the then Labor leader, Kim Beazley. At the time, the Communications Minister, Helen Coonan, and ISPs criticised his idea as expensive.” [...]


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  1. August 11th, 2007 | 01:30

    that SUX! lol

  2. JoshuaMH1
    August 11th, 2007 | 01:33

    What sucks about it?

  3. Freak
    August 11th, 2007 | 01:34

    Yeah well Australia is trying to kill the internet…

    Basically with $/Mb and speed capping, a 720p or 1080p, or a large DVD based game is actually cheaper to buy than to download.

    And ISP’s are filtering P2P, YouTube, Joost because they cannot afford the international links.

    Now the Government wants to censor what already isn’t censored.. (And several Usenet groups mostly relating to sex have already been filtered by ACMA for many years)

    Luckily it appears to be optional, so i won’t be paying to have more filtering installed…

    Great country controlled by absolute morons…. :)

  4. johnDoe
    August 11th, 2007 | 01:47

    this is for parents to stop their kids getting to porn and using msn to talk to child molesters, its not to stop people getting access to sites like this.

    “filtering for anybody who wants it”

    not compulsary, at the request of any parent trying to protect their kid, I don’t have a problem with it, its not censorship.

  5. amperage
    August 11th, 2007 | 01:49

    Lee, Martin does not allow porn on this site.

  6. 243john
    August 11th, 2007 | 01:53

    i’ll appreciate the extra responsiveness of my net connection once x00,000 horny teenagers get denied the bandwidth – but of course these sorts of restrictions will just make it cool to go underground

  7. foad
    August 11th, 2007 | 01:54

    I have absolutely no problem with this, as it has to be requested by the parents / account holder. This is a great solution. Do you let your kids drive your car? NO. Do you let your kids shop in porno stores? NO, now since parents are to stupid to control what kids view on the net then it is understandable that the gov must step in. I’m all for banning under 18′s from the net all together, but obviously that won’t happen. this is the next best thing. Except i would of preffered a whitelist based system, instead of blocking sites unsuitable they should only allow sites that are approved and everything else is automatically banned.
    Block all other ports cept (80 etc, http), once again. a whitelist. only ports/protos that are approved will be allowed everything else banned. This all basically comes down to parents stupididty and laziness. Sure you can get around it with tunnelling etc, but even that can be blocked if they chose to.

  8. RoaRX
    August 11th, 2007 | 01:54

    Im not gunna put it down,or say its a BAD thing…As it IS 100% optional,at YOUR request…but…On the other hand,this will just drive those kids to hide there internet use even more,and start finding somewhere else to get what ever it is they want…LOL,its definitly NOT fool proof,but its also kind polight of them to offer…Imagine if your ISP delt with ALL the damn virus’s ect BEFORE you had to get them!?…LOL…My dream world…lol

  9. tommy_in_Oz
    August 11th, 2007 | 02:00

    There’s porn on the internet??

  10. CannonBill
    August 11th, 2007 | 02:34

    Freak – August 11th, 2007 | 01:34
    “Yeah well Australia is trying to kill the internet…
    Basically with $/Mb and speed capping, a 720p or 1080p, or a large DVD based game is actually cheaper to buy than to download.”

    Where’d you go to school?
    On a $50 per month 512/128 ADSL plan I can get 60gig in downloads.
    Is there some game I don’t know about that takes up 6 DVDs and costs less than $50?

  11. August 11th, 2007 | 02:38

    That pic is awesome lmao… good one.

  12. johnDoe
    August 11th, 2007 | 02:59

    this could have a good benefit, every time you get one of those annoying adware programs that take about 200+ steps to remove you could get the address that the ads are from blocked….

    erm at least i think thats feasible

  13. anon
    August 11th, 2007 | 03:15

    Yea, i dont see why people complain about it. Its OPTIONAL!!!

    Only people i see would complain about it is horny lil 12 yr old kids who want their porn but aint getting it.

    There is really nothing to complain about,you dont have to have it. they aint FORCING you to have it. Either take it or leave it.

  14. Jaline
    August 11th, 2007 | 03:57

    It’s OPTIONAL. Which means most people shouldn’t have a huge problem with it. Parents are already allowed to control most things (as it is their right) and so why shouldn’t this be allowed to make their lives a bit easier? Of course it can be abused, misused, too controlled, etc, etc, but you could say the same for almost anything. While I don’t believe in censoring most things, there are certain things and people who parents want to shield or warn their children about.

  15. Mick
    August 11th, 2007 | 05:00

    This is FREE software that will be given to parents. It has nothing to do with people who still want to access sites like this.

    My current ISP gives me ADSL2+ speeds (11,657/kps) with 50GB of downloads per month, with no peering and no p2p throttling or traffic blocking.

    Any Americans commenting on here, need to do their research first. Australia is one of the most free and liberal countries on the planet.

  16. chomeop
    August 11th, 2007 | 05:29

    What waste of money! cant they put that 200mil towards a new AU to US pipe?


  17. SpAnKy
    August 11th, 2007 | 05:30

    hmm yer i live in australia….and i doubt anyone will consider having it to be honest

  18. Tex
    August 11th, 2007 | 08:09

    @ chomeop

    What good would a pipe from here to the US do?

    I’d rather put that $200 mill into faster internet services for Australia. We already have the 5th fastest internet infrastructure in the world.

    Finland has the fastest.

  19. spoonfed
    August 11th, 2007 | 10:38

    The UK is to get 21CN in the next couple years, then it will be the most advanced network in the world, and probably filtered to shit.

  20. Nen
    August 11th, 2007 | 12:54

    To all those saying that its optional : It’s optional NOW, later it might become compulsory.

    Censorhsip is being considered by many countries, and this is the worng direction to take. Today its porn, later its political views and who knows what else.

  21. Jaline
    August 11th, 2007 | 15:08

    Nen, you have a good point. However, if you always live your life with paranoia about the government and censorship, it will suck. There should be a medium somewhere between complete freedom and censorship, at least in my opinion.

  22. Frankie
    August 12th, 2007 | 04:31

    great site guys, just stumbled across it whilst looking for some “good quality” downloads. Cheers for sorting the crap from the genuine articles!!!

  23. Ted
    August 12th, 2007 | 08:18

    “There’s porn on the internet??” I choked.. HA!

    IMHO, as a parental option, that rocks. As a government forced mandate, that sux..

    I’ve a choice to block sites from my kids, and as the network admin in my home I do.. However, I am a free, adult over 40. If I want to ‘walk down a dark alley’ it’s my choice..

  24. Ogre.C
    August 12th, 2007 | 11:44

    not to mention also we have shitest internet in the world
    wow feels great living in OZ…. not

  25. eriito
    April 16th, 2008 | 14:17

    Honestly I feel sorry for those who would even consider taking up this service. My friend has something similar to this implemented by his parents and he can’t even play games…

    What’s more is I attend a public High School in NSW and almost every useful site on the internet is blocked, even the teachers agree. At one stage we couldn’t even visit Google!!

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