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

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Tue Feb 19 16:00:48 EST 2008

Michael Meloni wrote:

> Rick Welykochy wrote:
>> Which raises the question of why the blocklist should be kept
>> secret. If the blocking system does what it purports to do,
>> having the blocklist would not give anyone access to anything
>> they "shouldn't" see. Or does blocklist secrecy belie the
>> effectiveness of the blocker?
>> cheers
>> rickw
> Well anyone with some basic tech know-how could visit the URLs on the 
> blocklist should it be revealed.

Ah, so the blocker can be circumvented. Child pornographers will still
be able to access their kiddy pr0n. This should be made public. And
shoveled into Conroy's bullshit hopper.

> On another note: It's not known whether the ACMA blacklist of 800 URLs 
> even contains active URLs. They could be testing 680 inactive URLs but 
> we won't know due to the lack of disclosure.

This is what I was getting at, actually. There are many good reasons for
transparency and openness with a blocking system like this. It is a highly
technical system to implement and requires validation and certifications
from experts.

Otherwise, our Internet as we know it could become a thing of the past,
replaced by a censored pile of crap that has been slowed down to a snail's

That is, unless Controy is just trying to score some political mileage
out of this slowly developing train wreck. But no, that couldn't be
the case.


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