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

Sylvano sylvano at gnomon.com.au
Sun Oct 19 00:36:48 EST 2008


On Saturday 18 October 2008 08:40, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> The whole story, as it's emerging in the media, is starting to look (to
> me) like an echo-chamber ... there's more quoting of other media than of
> primary sources.

Indeed.  

So I figured I do some searching on Google to see
what else exists.  I ended up on a path of learning
different to what I had intended, but fascinating
all the same.

I started with the following keywords: 

 kevin rudd internet filtering alp.org.au

So I start scanning my first page of results and 
noticed the following notification at the end of 
the results list:

 "In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we 
  have removed 3 result(s) from this page. If you wish, 
  you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org."

With Google providing the following link:

 Child Pornography Complaint in Google Search
 http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1161

At this site you will find a letter, with specific personal 
details removed, stating:

 "Google has received notice of a list of web sites 
  from the Internet Watch Foundation (web site URL) 
  that contain child pornography. Google has removed
  the related web sites from its search results."

What's the current assessment of the Internet Watch 
Foundation ( http://www.iwf.org.uk/ )?

Would it make more sense for our government to leverage 
this kind of approach, or even hook in with that effort
which seems to be more focussed on the "dob in illegal
activity" that can be acted upon by IT companies and 
law enforcement agencies, than the more pie in the sky 
"clean feed content" goal?  Or am I just naive?

The IWF site has a link to the things they *don't* cover, 
which tells you where to go and also seems a reasonable 
listing of the various online issues that exist for 
policy makers.

 http://www.iwf.org.uk/public/page.20.htm


For reference, here are *some* previous postings 
to Link that mention IWF, which all seem to
be earlier than 2002 from my minor efforts: 

 Re: [LINK] changes at the top of IWF
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link0202/0382.html
 From: Irene Graham (renelk at libertus.net)
 Date: Wed Feb 20 2002 - 00:10:56 EST

 [LINK] Internet industry leaders gather for launch of ICRAfilter
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link0203/0338.html
 From: David Goldstein (goldstein_david at yahoo.com.au)
 Date: Fri Mar 22 2002 - 07:56:47 EST

 [LINK] privacy, labelling, filtering...
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link0101/0583.html
 From: David Goldstein (goldstein_david at yahoo.com.au)
 Date: Mon Jan 29 2001 - 16:40:06 EST

 [LINK] ICRA news releases
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link0004/0199.html
 From: David Goldstein (goldstein_david at yahoo.com.au)
 Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 18:17:11 EST

 [LINK] News Brief for IWF
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link0002/0610.html
 From: David Goldstein (goldstein_david at yahoo.com.au)
 Date: Fri Feb 25 2000 - 02:34:37 EST

 [LINK] Wired: British ISPs Crack Down on Hate
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link0001/0746.html
 Irene Graham (rene at pobox.com)
 Wed, 26 Jan 2000 19:25:23 +1000 

 Re: [LINK] UK internet users don't want ratings or censorship
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link0001/0634.html
 Irene Graham (rene at pobox.com)
 Sun, 23 Jan 2000 22:41:49 +1000 

 IWF A Founding Member Of New Rating Body - ICRA 
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link9905/0295.html
 David Goldstein (davidg at iwf.org.uk)
 Wed, 12 May 1999 11:57:10 +0100

 ABA, RSAC, Childnet+++ plan Global Internet Labelling
 http://www.anu.edu.au/mail-archives/link/link9710/0270.html
 Irene Graham (rene at pobox.com)
 Thu, 23 Oct 1997 00:01:55 +1000

 Re: RSAC response to Irene Graham
 http://www.anu.edu/mail-archives/link/link9702/0259.html
 Irene Graham (rene at pobox.com)
 Tue, 18 Feb 1997 16:24:54 +1000

Sylvano

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