[LINK] OzIT: 'Porn cull dropped'
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Jul 24 13:54:43 EST 2007
[The farce continues]
Porn cull dropped
The Australian IT Section
July 24, 2007
THE results of Australia's only live commercial internet content
filtering trial will never be known because the exercise, championed
by the federal Government, was quietly abandoned.
The trial was expected to go ahead in Tasmania last year but the
major internet filtering technology supplier for the project,
Internet Sheriff, has revealed that it was abandoned because
Australia's two largest ISPs, Telstra and Optus, refused to
Internet Sheriff chief executive David Ramsay said the project was
commercially risky without support from the two carriers.
"Without having them involved to supply the bandwidth at no cost it
would have been quite expensive with no guarantee of any outcome for
me. To go and spend upwards of $600,000, I needed some sort of idea
what would have happened if this was successful and no one could
really give us any assurance as to what the next steps may or may not
The trial was expected to show if it was feasible for ISPs to take
steps to stop pornographic and offensive internet content reaching
Tasmanian Liberal senator Guy Barnett, a strong champion of the
trial, said he was disappointed it didn't go ahead.
Communications Minister Helen Coonan has, however, directed
Australia's communications regulator, ACMA, to conduct a new
ISP-level internet content filtering trial and report its findings to
the Government by June next year.
ACMA last week closed its tender, seeking experts to conduct the trials.
It's not clear whether the new trial will be conducted in a live
commercial environment. ACMA spokesman Donald Robertson said
yesterday technicians close to the trial could not be contacted for
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