[LINK] NSW Govt porn audit

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Thu Sep 2 18:27:30 EST 2010

On 2010/Sep/02, at 4:37 PM, Chris Maltby wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 02, 2010 at 04:17:57PM +1000, Bernard Robertson-Dunn  
> wrote:
>> I doubt that Fred Nile has been looking at porn, but it does  
>> highlight
>> the difficulty of associating a computer and/or an IP address with an
>> individual.
> Why would you doubt it? The research in the US shows that evangelistic
> types are statistically more likely to be users/abusers of porn.

Heh, heh.  Something about petards.

> If it
> was "research" as he claims, then surely it would have been wise to  
> tip
> off the IT audit team to expect the appearance of such sites in the  
> logs.

Interesting conversation.  Just ignore the next 200,000 hits (or  
however many) on porn sites, it's just an experiment.

> It seems quite certain it was someone with access to his office -  
> staff,
> cleaners, security or the bigotted moralist himself.

If he has a log-in then surely *he* is responsible for anything that  
happens when he is logged in.

Actually I wonder about the privacy implications about all this.  I  
realise it's a work computer, but releasing this data publicly?  Was  
that necessary?  They were prepared to ditch a minister because he  
watched porn?  Seems a little exaggerated not to mention mean, unless  
it was just an excuse to get rid of someone they didn't like.  It's  
not actually illegal to watch porn is it?

Kim Holburn
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