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

Michael Meloni mike at somebodythinkofthechildren.com
Tue Feb 19 17:33:35 EST 2008

Jan Whitaker wrote:
> I think different things are getting confused in all this, or maybe I 
> just don't get it or am putting my own filter on it. [pun intended]
> Is the program to protect children from accessing nasties OR is it a 
> block from those who would access the kid pr0n, thereby reducing the 
> 'benefit' to those who make the "$billions" each year from it? The 
> first is a parental overstep by the government. The second is a 
> moralistic restriction like is sometimes used in control of 
> prostitution -- arresting the johns, concentrating on reducing demand 
> and starving the sellers. Which is it?
> Jan
It's a combination, Jan.

1) To "protect children" from viewing legal but 'inappropriate content' 
(such as pro anorexia websites in Senator Fielding's case), X Rated 
content and violent content.
2) To restrict Australia's access to sites considered illegal (primarily 
C/P but not limited to it). Of course, the filter can still be bypassed 
and the sites can still be accessed. In the case of illegal sites, the 
core problem is already dealt with by law enforcement groups and the 
ACMA is nothing more than a censor.


Michael Meloni

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