[LINK] 'Net filters "required" for all Australians, no opt-out

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Sat Oct 18 18:04:58 EST 2008


On Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 1:14 AM, Michael Meloni <
mike at somebodythinkofthechildren.com> wrote:

> Here's another capture sent to me accessed by someone on a student
> account for years 7 - 12:
>
> http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/nocleanfeed_censored.jpg
>
> There's probably either a whitelist is in place or the site has been
> added to a generic blocking category named 'uncategorised'.
>

That one looks looks more like what I'd expect. As I said, sites are blocked
unless they are explicitly allowed, either by the URL filter vendor they use
(in allowed categories) or a list created by a specific group of teachers.

In this case, it looks like the site hasn't been put on either list, so it's
implicitly blocked.

No conspiracies here, just a side-effect of the relatively "safe" way their
web access has been configured.

  Scott.


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