[LINK] error rates for censorware
Tue, 24 Oct 2000 16:09:18 +1000
All statistics are open to manipulation. A point Peter rightly makes.
Another useful comparison would be the number of sites identified as
pornographic by the software compared to the number of sites the OFLC
in Australia would consider to be rated X or RC under the terms of
the Australian Internet classification legislation. This would
indicate how effective the software was at protecting children from
inappropriate content, and preventing adults from accessing that
content, and therefore how effective it was at meeting the terms of
the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 Schedule 5 - Online Services.
Has anyone considered the effectiveness of these products in an
Australian context? Why is the ABA happy to accept that US software
will do a good job of protecting Australian children?
Has the ABA conducted a study examining the effectiveness of
censorware in the process of determining the adequacy of the schedule
attached to the IIA codes of practice (which lists approved filtering
products)? If so, what were the results? If not, why not?
Is NetAlert examining the effectiveness of these products or is it
aware of studies examining the effectiveness of these products? If
not, why is it happy to direct parents to them (although to give
credit where it is due, they acknowledge the inadequacies of such
products - http://www.netalert.net.au/overview.htm). Is NetAlert
going to examine the effectiveness of such filters as part of their
role of "researching new access management technologies"? Or will
their focus be on restricting adult access to R rated content hosted
blah, blah, blah ....
>The error rates from Peacefire's study were:
>These are the proportions of sites incorrectly identified as
>"pornographic" out of the 1000 tested.
>Peter Bowditch email@example.com
>Mad - Quintessence of the Loon http://www.ratbags.com/loon
>Bad - The Millenium Project http://www.ratbags.com/rsoles
>Sad - Full Canvas Jacket http://www.ratbags.com/ranters
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