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

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sat Oct 18 20:08:35 EST 2008

Scott Howard wrote:
> 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.
...and yet the anecdotes I get from my high-school sons is that the
blocking is only moderately effective; that the teenagers are pretty
adept at finding sites that should be blocked ...


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