[LINK] Senate Standing Committee: NetAlert/Mandatory filtering
mike at somebodythinkofthechildren.com
Mon Feb 18 21:42:20 EST 2008
Here's a couple of noteworthy bits from 8:30 onwards in regards to
NetAlert and the mandatory ISP filtering plan:
Senate Standing Committee update 1: Senator Conroy at 8:30PM (ACT Local
Time) confirmed he is committed to introducing mandatory filtering at an
ISP level. ISP filtering trials in Tasmania will end before June 30th
and a ‘live trial’ will follow.
Senate Standing Committee update 2: 8:48PM ACMA says they are looking to
expand black list. Liaising with International groups.Current sites
listed on the trial will only need to block the current ACMA blacklist -
just 800 URLs. Expected final black list numbers unable to be answered.
Question on notice.
Senate Standing Committee update 3: 8:52PM Question asked (Sen
Birmingham): What current technology is used around the world to block
large lists of URLs? ACMA Response: A black list not the only technique
that could be used. Human intervention also an option. BT clean feed
given as example (with estimated 1500 URLs on their lists but admit
those URLs change.)
Senate Standing Committee update 4: 8:53PM Question asked (Sen
Birmingham): Is current ACMA list still be expanded upon? ACMA Response:
Yes, it’s updated weekly.
The most impoartant part I found was that the trial will only need to
block the current ACMA blacklist - just 800 URLs. As Senator Birmingham
remarked, that number doesn't really match the grand plans Mr Conroy's
department has for blocking a large amount of illegal and X rated content.
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