[LINK] Net filtering may not be mandatory

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Wed May 27 09:57:06 EST 2009


At 09:35 AM 27/05/2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>Late today a spokesman for Senator Conroy said that the department was
>not allowed to reveal how many subscribers had participated in the trial
>due to terms of its agreement with the participating ISPs. He referred
>to previous statements affirming that the outcome of the trial would not
>be affected by the number of participants.
>
>"The trial is examining different filtering technologies in a live
>internet environment. In particular, Enex Testlab will assess the
>performance of the filter on internet speeds. A scalability assessment
>will also be undertaken to assess the impact of the filtering solution
>on internet access speeds with higher levels of traffic and customers,"
>the spokesman said.

If that is true, the research is BOGUS! A first semester stats 
student could destroy their report on methodological grounds just 
from the withholding of the n. N=number of subjects. The metrics 
won't stand any surface scrutiny as a result. They should have saved 
their money.

I hope someone from the department or the companies involved in the 
study is reading here and will inform those at the top how stupid 
they will appear to any half-way educated member of the public.

Why am I not surprised by this? It has been daft from the beginning!!

/rant

Jan



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