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

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Feb 19 15:25:54 EST 2008

Stilgherrian wrote:
> On 19/2/08 12:49 PM, "Stephen Wilson" <swilson at lockstep.com.au> wrote:
>> Can someone clarify if the government has really
>> ever declared itself to be up for the open ended caper of tracking and
>> blocking "inappropriate" content generally?
> ALP election policy:
> http://www.alp.org.au/download/now/labors_plan_for_cyber_safety.pdf
> On page 2:
>     "That is why Labor will:
>     - Provide a mandatory Œclean feed¹ internet service for all homes,
>       schools and public computers that are used by Australian children.
>       Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will filter out content that is
>       identified as prohibited by the Australian Communications and Media
>       Authority (ACMA).  The ACMA Œblacklist¹ will be made more
>       comprehensive to ensure that children are protected from harmful
>       and inappropriate online material..."

your quote seems to be an edited version of what is on the webpage you've 
referenced. It seems odd that the only reference listed for this report, other 
than media reports was a Symantic threat report...

> Note the word "ensure" that children are "protected" from "harmful and
> inappropriate" content.
> Senator Steve Fielding (Family First) is talking about blocking things like
> websites which promote anorexia as a valid lifestyle choice, and Senator is
> saying nothing to contradict him.

I don't understand why there just can't be white listing and then everyone can 
pick what they want their kids to see.

Marghanita da Cruz
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