[LINK] Conroy to release filtering report and discussion paper

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Oct 20 16:13:28 AEDT 2009

Conroy to release filtering report and discussion paper
By Ben Grubb
Oct 20, 2009 11:30 AM

Enex TestLab's report to be released in full.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has promised to release a 
discussion paper alongside Enex TestLab's government commissioned report 
into ISP-level filtering.

Senator Conroy said he would release Enex TestLab's ISP-level filtering 
pilot report verbatim. "We'll be releasing the Enex version as received 
in full," said Senator Conroy.

The Minister said that there were "a range of considerations" at hand 
before releasing it. "I will attempt to release it as soon as I am able 
to," he said. "I'm not trying to get out of releasing it but I assure 
you, I'm going to release it as I said I would release it".

He noted there were "processes of government" that the report had to go 
through before it was released and said he didn't have control of all of 
those processes.

Discussion paper

When the Minister releases the report it will include "both the report 
and a discussion paper around what is an improved mechanism with some 
other transparencies and accountabilities," the Minister said.

He said that  "a number of ideas and options" would be included within 
the discussion paper which had not been finalised as yet, but was close 
to being completed.

Responding to a question from Green's Communications Senator Scott 
Ludlam, Conroy said that he expected a timeframe of around one month for 
discussion but said no final decision had been made.

"A month wouldn't seem to be unreasonable," he said. "I'm sure there'll 
be a lot of interest in it. If it's longer than that don't hold me to 
the month. As I said, I'm not seeking to limit commentary on that by a 
short timeframe."

The Green's Senator also wanted to ensure the discussion paper would not 
be released on New Years Eve, the date of which Senator Conroy announced 
the mandatory ISP-level filtering pilot in 2007.

"I think a public consultation on the website for four weeks would be a 
reasonable comment period Senator Ludlum," Conroy responded.

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has 
spent close to $300,000 on the ISP-level filtering pilot this year. This 
figure does not include involvement of Enex TestLab in the filtering pilot.


Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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