[LINK] Govt defends censorship, responds to the report
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Thu Dec 25 00:02:12 EST 2008
[had to get this from SMH because the link on the Age was broken. But
then it didn't render correctly there either. Appears the technos are on hols.]
Government defends internet censorship technology
December 24, 2008 - 12:25PM
The federal government has distanced itself from a report that found
internet censorship technology under consideration is seriously flawed.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says the Internet Industry
Association (IIA) report was commissioned and paid for by the former
It was "not an analysis of the ALP's policy", he said.
The report concluded schemes to block inappropriate content - such as
child pornography - could slow the internet and result in over- and
under-blocking of material.
Senator Conroy denied Labor was trialling the technology in spite of
the report's negative findings.
"The government is aware of technical concerns raised in the report,
and that is why we are conducting a pilot, to put these claims to the
test," Senator Conroy said in a statement.
"The live pilot trial will provide evidence on the real world impacts
of content filtering, including for providers and internet users.
[except they aren't using live users, right? Does this man know
anything about what is being done?]
"It will provide an invaluable opportunity for internet service
providers to inform the government's approach."
The trial is due to begin in mid-January.
Senator Conroy said the IIA report simply involved reviewing existing
literature and interviews and surveys.
"It involved no empirical testing of filtering technology."
The federal opposition says the Rudd government is finding it
increasingly difficult to make good on its promise of an internet
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy yesterday released a statement
distancing himself from a report released by the Internet Industry
Association (IIA) that was commissioned and paid for by the former
The report's findings was "not an analysis of the ALP's policy" and
the government's pilot trial beginning in mid-January would provide
"real world" evidence on the impact of content filtering, Senator Conroy said.
Meanwhile, Opposition communications spokesman Nick Minchin said
today that the filter was a repeat of the bungled handling of the
national broadband network.
"Prior to the election, the now government, in opposition, made these
broad-sweeping promises... to eliminate child pornography from the
internet with this filter system," Senator Minchin told ABC radio.
"Now they've got to make good on their promise and they're finding it
much more difficult in government of course than in opposition."
The report does identify serious issues with any attempt to impose a
mandatory internet service provider filtering system that simply may
not work, he said.
"It's almost technically impossible to do this."
[Then why did MINCHIN's govt try the exact same thing when Senator
Dick was running Communications?]
Senator Minchin said he didn't object to the trial proceeding, but
questions remained about who would be involved, whether it would
involve "live" customers, and whether they will know they're involved
in the trial or not.
"All I'd say is the burden of proof rests now very much with Senator
Conroy to establish that this is a legitimate trial," he said.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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