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That’s how effective Senator Conroy’s proposed Mandatory ISP Filter could be according to the ACMA.
Senator Stephen Conroy’s mandatory ISP filter could be as low as 87 percent effective at blocking ‘unwanted material’.
You wouldn’t accept 87% of a pool fence. Don’t accept Senator Conroys censorship scheme disguised as a plan to “protect children”.
The mandatory ISP filter will never be 100% effective. Our nation will never be able to afford the army of bureaucrats necessary to keep an ACMA “BlackList” up to date enough to protect children, while avoiding the unintended consequences of censorship experienced in other countries.
The answer is parental supervision, aided if necessary by in-home filtering software targeted at the age-group of the children.
Meanwhile, Senator Conroy forges ahead with his filtering trials. Strangely he has chosen ISPs with only business customers, not ISPs with customers who are home users likely to be impacted by the filter. No valid conclusions can be drawn from such flawed trials.
Mr Rudd, Cancel this censorship scheme!
Despite criticism from the Opposition, the Greens and independent Senator Nick Xenophon, Senator Conroy’s censorship scheme remains a threat to our children’s freedom, a threat to Australia’s digital economy and a threat to our environment because it remains government policy. I call upon Prime Minister Rudd to cancel Senator Conroy’s white-elephant censorship scheme once and for all. Spend the money on the Australian Federal Police and parent education.
You can now purchase this cartoon on a t-shirt.
For more information, see my earlier posts:
- Phone Senator Conroy
- No Censorship after Australia Day
- Federal Government’s Censorship Plan is Dangerous to Children
- Cancer and Colitis victims Condemn Conroy’s Censorship
- libertus.net: Irene Graham’s thoroughly-researched history of how our Labor government has introduced this censorship by stealth.
- Harvard Law School: Info/Law Blog: Filtering in Oz: Australia’s Foray Into Internet Censorship
- Whirlpool.net.au: Wiki knowledge base article on the so-called “Clean Feed”.
- www.efa.org.au: Electronic Frontiers Australia
- Digital Liberty Coalition’s March in March
- Senator Conroy’s media releases <- DON’T miss this!
1. Australian Communications and Media Authority, Closed Environment Testing of ISP-Level Internet Content Filters - Report to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, June 2008. Available at http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_311316 p44.
2. The effectiveness of the filter could be as high as 96 percent, but only at the cost of an unacceptably high “Over-Blocking Rate” of 1 in 12 legitimate websites. Everyone in the IT industry (except the vendors of filtering products) knows that Senator Conroy’s scheme is an ineffective and horrendously-expensive white elephant.