[LINK] Senate Standing Committee: NetAlert/Mandatory filtering updates

Glen Turner gdt at gdt.id.au
Tue Feb 19 11:32:34 EST 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-18 at 20:42 +1000, Michael Meloni wrote:

> 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. 

That's URLs, not IP addresses. So the implication is that ISPs will
need to place a firewall in the core of their network.  Firewalls
are not reliable devices, so this isn't a good engineering outcome.
Obviously a ISP can't filter IP addresses if the list is of URLs,
that would lead to customer contract issues.

I'd really like to see some details of the ISP trial in Tasmania.
*Tasmania*!  Think about that, how little traffic can we be talking
about when you struggle to get 155Mbps onto the island?  There's
also one exit point from the island, so a logical place to do
filtering exists.

In comparison, AARNet pulls that from a single small university and
has a multitude of exit points (to prevent failures).  In short,
the trial is rigged to produce the best result.

Glen Turner <http://www.gdt.id.au/~gdt/>
0416 295 857 or +61 416 295 857

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