[LINK] Senate Standing Committee: NetAlert/Mandatory filtering
mike at somebodythinkofthechildren.com
Mon Feb 18 23:07:26 EST 2008
A few more updates since they came back from their tea break:
Senate Standing Committee update 5: 9:53PM NetAlert now officially on
Senate Standing Committee update 6: 10:19PM NetAlert advertising funds
under previous Gov discussed.
Senate Standing Committee update 7: 10:22PM Conroy says 1.4 million
families were expected to download the filter, but many less actually
did. Estimated end usage according to Conroy is just 30,000 - despite a
$22 million advertise campaign. Why not use extra advertising money to
advertise the filter campaign is asked.
Senate Standing Committee update 8: 10:24PM Conroy says Howard gov
filtering plan a waste of 84 million dollars. Has not worked.
Senate Standing Committee update 9: Female Senator asks are NetAlert
software filters too hard to install? Response is that instructions are
provided and people are trying more than one filter. Filters were
installed but ongoing use decreased.
Senate Standing Committee update 10: Female Senator asks how many calls
have been made to ACMA call centre? Response is 20 to 40 calls per day,
7 days a week. How many questions to call centre relate to installing
the product? Answer unknown. Also unknown how many people are working at
the call centre.
As expected, Conroy's POV is that the number of NetAlert filters in use
represents a failure. I see it as representing a good percentage of
Australia's lack of desire or need for a filtered Internet connection
and not a means for introducing mandatory ISP filtering.
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