[LINK] Re: MR97/2010: ... parental lock standard ...

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Aug 4 20:10:19 AEST 2010

>  From: "Australian Communications & Media Authority" <media at acma.gov.au>
>  The technical standard requires the parental lock feature be 
>available in domestic reception equipment ...
>  'The standard ensures that certain equipment supplied to the market ...

The term 'domestic' has (at least) two mainstream uses.

Is ACMA, and is the (government-imposed) 'standard', referring to:
(a)  domestic as in 'the home', in particular of the nuclear family;  or
(b)  the domestic economy?

My personal position is that:
(1)  a 'parental lock' for genuine 'parents' is a *good* thing;  but
(2)  a 'parental lock' for the nanny state is anything but.

So what happens in the case of public display equipment, at cinemas, 
concerts, airport lounges, pubs, conference venues, university 
lecture theatres, etc.?

To the extent that the same equipment, or even the same componentry, 
is used in all devices, they get the same parental lock feature;  and 
then we start to have arguments about the default setting.

The term 'the architecture of surveillance' is all-too-often just a 
waffle-word used by humanities types sipping their chardonnay.

But requirements like this - and China (and India) wanting backdoor 
entry to RIM's encrypted transmissions between Blackberries - all too 
easily result in censorship and surveillance facilities becoming the 

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