Censorship Minister Stephen Conroy
Proving you can’t have too big a turkey for Christmas;
THE Federal Government’s controversial internet censorship scheme may extend to filter more online traffic than was first thought, Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy revealed today.
In a post on his department’s blog, Senator Conroy today said technology that could filter data sent directly between computers would be tested as part of the upcoming live filtering trial.
“Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be tested in the live pilot trial,” Senator Conroy said. …
— (2008-Dec-22) [news.com.au]
When was it to start again? Looks like someone has some overtime during the Christmas break … perhaps we can just “turn on the filter switch”.
… A live trial of filtering technology is scheduled to begin this week, but internet service providers have so far been kept in the dark over the details.
Less than a week before the trial was due to begin, participating ISPs Optus and iiNet said they had not been told if their applications had been accepted … — (2008-Dec-22) [news.com.au]
Minister Stephen Conroy has even started to blog (?) regarding the issue; unfortunately like most of this process the blog was more for looks at was scheduled to turn off at 3pm on the 24th Dec 2008 BEFORE any actual trial results can be evaluated.
One element of this program is the Government’s proposal to introduce internet service provider- (ISP-) level internet filtering. I’m aware that this proposal has attracted significant debate and criticism—on this blog and at other places in the blogosphere. I’m following the debate at sites like Whirlpool and GetUp and on Twitter at #nocleanfeed.
The Government takes the issue of cyber-safety extremely seriously and welcomes public debate about how we can achieve our goal of protecting children from harmful internet content. We wouldn’t have set up this site (or published negative comments on it) if we were trying to close down discussion. —
Minister Conroy on: Promoting a civil and confident society online (2008-Dec-22) [Minister Conroy]
Ok Minister there is a vast difference between following and listening to. Perhaps rather than just following you start listing to some of the opposing opinion especially when some of the opinion if from the experts in the field;
The System Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) represents professional system administrators across Australia. System administrators are the technical people behind commercial networks and computing systems, large and small. Accordingly, we believe SAGE-AU is in an excellent position to contribute to the discussion of the technical issues with your Department’s proposed network filter. Our Code of Ethics (1) requires that we communicate with users regarding computing issues likely to affect them; and thus we feel it essential that we explain these issues to you. … The proposed Internet filter cannot achieve its stated goal …
— Open letter from SAGE-AU to Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy (2008-Dec-18) [SAGE-AU]
I don’t think Conroy is listening to anyone at this point. This will go down in history as one of the most ill conceived plans ever produced by an Australian government.
Senator Ludlam questions Minister Conroy
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