[LINK] Internet filtering plan may extend to peer-to-peer traffic, says Stephen Conroy
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Tue Dec 23 07:51:42 EST 2008
And while we're on the topic...
> TRIALS of mandatory internet censorship will begin within days despite
> a secret high-level report to the Rudd Government that found the
> technology simply does not work, will significantly slow internet
> speeds and will block access to legitimate websites.
> The report, commissioned by the Howard government and prepared by the
> Internet Industry Association, concluded that schemes to block
> inappropriate content such as child pornography are fundamentally flawed.
Kim Holburn wrote:
>> 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.
>> Peer-to-peer file-sharing technology is the most common way for
>> computer users to share video, picture and music files over the
>> It was previously thought the Government's filtering plan would be
>> restricted to traffic on the "world wide web" – the channel through
>> which users view websites like news.com.au.
>> "I'm aware that this proposal has attracted significant debate and
>> criticism – on this blog and at other places in the blogosphere,"
>> Senator Conroy said.
>> "I'm following the debate at sites like Whirlpool and GetUp and on
>> Twitter at #nocleanfeed."
>> The filtering scheme has made headlines around the world in the The
>> New York Times and British newspapers and was the target of protests
>> held in major cities across the country earlier this month.
>> Despite announcing the live pilot trial would likely include
>> filtering peer-to-peer traffic, Senator Conroy rejected accusations
>> that the scheme was similar to internet censorship in countries such
>> as China.
>> "Freedom of speech is fundamentally important in a democratic
>> society and there was never any suggestion that the Australian
>> Government would seek to block political content," Senator Conroy
>> "In this context, claims that the Government's policy is analogous
>> to the approach taken by countries such as Iran, China and Saudi
>> Arabia are not justified."
>> Senator Conroy said the internet filter would be in-step with
>> existing methods to censor books, films and video games.
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