Australia: keeping the Internet clean for kids

Australia is censoring the Internet so that kids won’t have to see objectionable material. Sounds good, right?

I’m just surprised that the Bush administration hasn’t tried something like this here before Australia got a chance to do it.

Sigh.

The librarians have some questions.

Our rights are under attack, but gotta protect the children, right?

I have two children and I’d rather raise them with freedom of speech than some government deciding what they can and can’t see, thank you very much.

Comments

  1. Don’t go impugning our government. It took the recent election of the left-wing government in Australia to do this. Throughout history, the left-wingers have been the bigger violators of personal freedom. “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was Orwell’s reaction to the ultimate totalitarian nature of all “socialist” movements.

  2. Don’t go impugning our government. It took the recent election of the left-wing government in Australia to do this. Throughout history, the left-wingers have been the bigger violators of personal freedom. “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was Orwell’s reaction to the ultimate totalitarian nature of all “socialist” movements.

  3. D T: hmmm, I remember a history teacher of mine saying that if you go far enough left or far enough right that you’ll find that they actually meet on the political spectrum.

    Here in the States it’s usually the right wing political types who advocate for this kind of stuff (and that’s where most of the fundamentalist religious types hang out too).

  4. D T: hmmm, I remember a history teacher of mine saying that if you go far enough left or far enough right that you’ll find that they actually meet on the political spectrum.

    Here in the States it’s usually the right wing political types who advocate for this kind of stuff (and that’s where most of the fundamentalist religious types hang out too).

  5. See my _Guardian_ column on the government of Australia national censorware plan, from a few months ago:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/sep/13/guardianweeklytechnologysection.comment

    “What is really under discussion is control of people. Calling it
    ‘censorware’ has the advantage of clarity”

    Note I don’t like the title they gave it (“The internet can’t be censored and it’s wrong for governments to try”). I don’t assert categorically that the Internet can’t be censored, in fact “Can you censor the Internet?” is the question I’ve explored for many years.

  6. See my _Guardian_ column on the government of Australia national censorware plan, from a few months ago:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/sep/13/guardianweeklytechnologysection.comment

    “What is really under discussion is control of people. Calling it
    ‘censorware’ has the advantage of clarity”

    Note I don’t like the title they gave it (“The internet can’t be censored and it’s wrong for governments to try”). I don’t assert categorically that the Internet can’t be censored, in fact “Can you censor the Internet?” is the question I’ve explored for many years.

  7. Zoli .. 1984 … come on … you have lost the plot.

    I reckon that most Aussies will not even be aware of it or object to it and those that are into p0rn will simply opt out or find a way around it or paying extra for unfettered access.

    While we all agree that the Chinese model of “policing” the net is scary and objectionable but surely there is a middle ground to be had ???.

  8. I’ll believe it when I see the technical details (which I’m yet to find) as to how it’s going to work.

    It’s interesting that they cite things like “cyber-bulling” and the “abuse of child avatars in virtual worlds” as the motivation behind it. I would have thought that cyber-bullying would most occur via email and IM or maybe through youtube in an extreme case. How would you go about filtering that out without some NSA-style surveillance? Are they going to ban Second Life, WoW and MySpace too?

    Lastly, all I can see is some kind of HTTP-blacklist being done which totally ignores the channels for most questionable material (not to mention the maintenance required to keep that blacklist up to date).

  9. I’ll believe it when I see the technical details (which I’m yet to find) as to how it’s going to work.

    It’s interesting that they cite things like “cyber-bulling” and the “abuse of child avatars in virtual worlds” as the motivation behind it. I would have thought that cyber-bullying would most occur via email and IM or maybe through youtube in an extreme case. How would you go about filtering that out without some NSA-style surveillance? Are they going to ban Second Life, WoW and MySpace too?

    Lastly, all I can see is some kind of HTTP-blacklist being done which totally ignores the channels for most questionable material (not to mention the maintenance required to keep that blacklist up to date).

  10. Zoli .. 1984 … come on … you have lost the plot.

    I reckon that most Aussies will not even be aware of it or object to it and those that are into p0rn will simply opt out or find a way around it or paying extra for unfettered access.

    While we all agree that the Chinese model of “policing” the net is scary and objectionable but surely there is a middle ground to be had ???.

  11. Similar schemes do float around in the US. So far, they’ve lost in court.

    And by the way, I’ve blogged and blogged and blogged about this topic, for many years, and NOT GOTTEN HEARD, given the way the bogosphere amplifies a few elites and minimizes almost everyone else. So I gave up. It’s not worth it.

  12. Similar schemes do float around in the US. So far, they’ve lost in court.

    And by the way, I’ve blogged and blogged and blogged about this topic, for many years, and NOT GOTTEN HEARD, given the way the bogosphere amplifies a few elites and minimizes almost everyone else. So I gave up. It’s not worth it.

  13. Seth: truth is most people don’t care. In fact, I’d bet that such a move in the US would get popular support. After all, who doesn’t want to protect kids from seeing porn?

  14. Seth: truth is most people don’t care. In fact, I’d bet that such a move in the US would get popular support. After all, who doesn’t want to protect kids from seeing porn?

  15. I’m not saying I agree with the Rudd government’s plan here. There are serious questions to be asked about who decides what is filtered, how’s it’s filtered, how’s it’s monitored, who pays for the infastructure at ISP’s, etc. But you should know that:

    a. Australian’s rights are not being attacked as Australia has no free speech laws, and
    b. It’s an opt out system, so just contact your ISP and you can remove the filtering.

  16. I’m not saying I agree with the Rudd government’s plan here. There are serious questions to be asked about who decides what is filtered, how’s it’s filtered, how’s it’s monitored, who pays for the infastructure at ISP’s, etc. But you should know that:

    a. Australian’s rights are not being attacked as Australia has no free speech laws, and
    b. It’s an opt out system, so just contact your ISP and you can remove the filtering.

  17. I have two kids. Freedom of speech is the wrong way to look at it. When a parent says, “children, you decide what you think is right/good”, then the parent is basically giving up their responsibilities because if the parent doesn’t do it, then the other influences will teach their kids things. One aspect of raising kids is for the parents to guide their children so they become good and responsible citizens. You don’t do this by letting kids roam freely on the internet – until the kids have context.

    Just some simple searches in Google can yield nasty results. Since a parent can’t watch every action, some outside tools should be used.

    I use bsafe.com and it helps tremendously.

    What I have to laugh about is all of these people (not those who posted here) who have no trouble for schools to hand out birth control to kids without parental consent but have a big problem with some simple filtering. (Likewise, try to exercise freedom of speech in left leaning institutions and you get shot down and attacked very quickly.)

    As for the government deciding what we watch, I have a problem. I think the government can and should educate people on the necessity of using something like bsafe.com, but they shouldn’t do the filtering. Likewise, the schools should teach reading, writing, etc. and stay away from handing out birth control without parental consent.

    One final point, as a society, we know that certain behaviors are bad. For example, we know that sites that talk about killing others are not good for people, especially kids. We know that porn sites aren’t good. It’s hurting our kids by ignoring what is bad. In other words, when we won’t judge content because we are afraid that we might offend someone, that is wrong; raising our kids is more important.

    I wrote more than I thought but some of this comes from Evan Sayet’s talk called “How Modern Liberals Think”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c
    Evan talks about what he calls Modern Liberals and their inability to make proper judgments because of their fear of offending people. If you have some time, watch it. See the Q&A at the end of the video, too.

  18. I have two kids. Freedom of speech is the wrong way to look at it. When a parent says, “children, you decide what you think is right/good”, then the parent is basically giving up their responsibilities because if the parent doesn’t do it, then the other influences will teach their kids things. One aspect of raising kids is for the parents to guide their children so they become good and responsible citizens. You don’t do this by letting kids roam freely on the internet – until the kids have context.

    Just some simple searches in Google can yield nasty results. Since a parent can’t watch every action, some outside tools should be used.

    I use bsafe.com and it helps tremendously.

    What I have to laugh about is all of these people (not those who posted here) who have no trouble for schools to hand out birth control to kids without parental consent but have a big problem with some simple filtering. (Likewise, try to exercise freedom of speech in left leaning institutions and you get shot down and attacked very quickly.)

    As for the government deciding what we watch, I have a problem. I think the government can and should educate people on the necessity of using something like bsafe.com, but they shouldn’t do the filtering. Likewise, the schools should teach reading, writing, etc. and stay away from handing out birth control without parental consent.

    One final point, as a society, we know that certain behaviors are bad. For example, we know that sites that talk about killing others are not good for people, especially kids. We know that porn sites aren’t good. It’s hurting our kids by ignoring what is bad. In other words, when we won’t judge content because we are afraid that we might offend someone, that is wrong; raising our kids is more important.

    I wrote more than I thought but some of this comes from Evan Sayet’s talk called “How Modern Liberals Think”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c
    Evan talks about what he calls Modern Liberals and their inability to make proper judgments because of their fear of offending people. If you have some time, watch it. See the Q&A at the end of the video, too.

  19. Al: I’ve been through a lot of this with my 13-year-old. I look at my job as one of preparation for adult life. Lots of people who see the world the way you do look at it as “keep kids from seeing anything objectionable.”

    I’d rather my son have total access to Wikipedia and Google than have lots of net nanny filters on (which the kids usually know the way around anyway — most 13-year-olds I hang around are more astute about computers than most adults I know — they learn faster, are better networked together, and they have time to waste trying things out).

    I’ve seen what the filters block and usually it’s legitimate material along with all the objectionable stuff.

    My blog is blocked in China. On many filtering systems info about breast cancer is blocked. Etc. Etc.

    That’s why I want government out of this.

    Parents should get involved in their kids lives. Especially their online ones.

  20. Al: I’ve been through a lot of this with my 13-year-old. I look at my job as one of preparation for adult life. Lots of people who see the world the way you do look at it as “keep kids from seeing anything objectionable.”

    I’d rather my son have total access to Wikipedia and Google than have lots of net nanny filters on (which the kids usually know the way around anyway — most 13-year-olds I hang around are more astute about computers than most adults I know — they learn faster, are better networked together, and they have time to waste trying things out).

    I’ve seen what the filters block and usually it’s legitimate material along with all the objectionable stuff.

    My blog is blocked in China. On many filtering systems info about breast cancer is blocked. Etc. Etc.

    That’s why I want government out of this.

    Parents should get involved in their kids lives. Especially their online ones.

  21. I have deep misgivings about concealing the truth from children. I don’t believe its a binary solution to censorship, but children do learn the art of deception very quickly from adults in many areas.

    Sorry about the message below but this blog is censored in China.

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  22. I have deep misgivings about concealing the truth from children. I don’t believe its a binary solution to censorship, but children do learn the art of deception very quickly from adults in many areas.

    Sorry about the message below but this blog is censored in China.

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    Try: http://webwarper.net/webwarper.exe Example of viewing: http://webwarper.net/ww/scobleizer.com/

  23. I find your statement that it is mostly Right wing Republicans that would do this to the United States society kind of rude and naive:

    The Communications Decency Act, passed by Congress in 1996 and signed by President Bill Clinton, was overturned by the Supreme Court for the restrictions it placed on adult access to and use of constitutionally protected material and communication on the Internet.

    Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius. The PMRC also advocated against supposed subliminal backmasking in records,[2] and accused bands including Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Kiss, and Queen of backmasking to promote Satanism and drug use.[3]

    All you have to do is look up in Wiki and there is a smorgasborg of info. Yes, in the past decade the Bush administration has made some bad calls. But let’s not forget what has happened prior to that when you are accusatory.

    Let’s not forget about the censorship that Democrats are placing on Christmas every where in the country. We just went through that not 2 weeks ago. Google it.

  24. I find your statement that it is mostly Right wing Republicans that would do this to the United States society kind of rude and naive:

    The Communications Decency Act, passed by Congress in 1996 and signed by President Bill Clinton, was overturned by the Supreme Court for the restrictions it placed on adult access to and use of constitutionally protected material and communication on the Internet.

    Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius. The PMRC also advocated against supposed subliminal backmasking in records,[2] and accused bands including Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Kiss, and Queen of backmasking to promote Satanism and drug use.[3]

    All you have to do is look up in Wiki and there is a smorgasborg of info. Yes, in the past decade the Bush administration has made some bad calls. But let’s not forget what has happened prior to that when you are accusatory.

    Let’s not forget about the censorship that Democrats are placing on Christmas every where in the country. We just went through that not 2 weeks ago. Google it.

  25. Your blog, your opinions. My RSS reader, my unsubscribe.

    By putting yourself into the political area, you risk alienating those who turn to you for interesting industry and technical information and opinion.

    Personally, I frame it as, “I’m surprised the left-wing socialists from California haven’t tried it before. All hail the coming revolution, and let us crush dissent of our deal leaders the Clintons.”

    But that’s just my opinion. You’re welcome to consider it meaningless, and I do yours now.

    Unsubscribing…

  26. Your blog, your opinions. My RSS reader, my unsubscribe.

    By putting yourself into the political area, you risk alienating those who turn to you for interesting industry and technical information and opinion.

    Personally, I frame it as, “I’m surprised the left-wing socialists from California haven’t tried it before. All hail the coming revolution, and let us crush dissent of our deal leaders the Clintons.”

    But that’s just my opinion. You’re welcome to consider it meaningless, and I do yours now.

    Unsubscribing…

  27. Why place all sites with pornographic or torture-porn images onto to a .xxx domain suffix? This way filters will work more effectively. I have heard people argue against this, but I don’t remember if it had technical issues, or if it was something else. We have G, PG, PG-13 etc ratings for movies, video games etc. why not have some sort of ratings for websites. I can’t tell you how many times at work I have hit a NSFW, (not safe for work) site while looking for information. It would be helpful for parents to allow kids to surf without worrying about the neighborhood pervert exposing him/herself to their children.

  28. Why place all sites with pornographic or torture-porn images onto to a .xxx domain suffix? This way filters will work more effectively. I have heard people argue against this, but I don’t remember if it had technical issues, or if it was something else. We have G, PG, PG-13 etc ratings for movies, video games etc. why not have some sort of ratings for websites. I can’t tell you how many times at work I have hit a NSFW, (not safe for work) site while looking for information. It would be helpful for parents to allow kids to surf without worrying about the neighborhood pervert exposing him/herself to their children.

  29. Even though this is under the guise of protecting the children, I wonder if the next step is to regulate political speech. A lot of politicians are scared of the power of blogs and the ability for anyone to put up a web site. Politicians in general don’t like anything that’s not in their control.

  30. Even though this is under the guise of protecting the children, I wonder if the next step is to regulate political speech. A lot of politicians are scared of the power of blogs and the ability for anyone to put up a web site. Politicians in general don’t like anything that’s not in their control.

  31. Yeah Blogs= Porn NOT. I understand about the chipping away of speech, but thats already been done in schools, where you can’t even say Merry Christmas, why aren’t we up in arms about the draconian rules inside corporate America? It would be nice to be able to identify images harmful to minors, or even people not wishing to see them at a more base level. I personally don’t care if people need porn, just make it easier to identify and filter so I can keep it off my home machines.

  32. Yeah Blogs= Porn NOT. I understand about the chipping away of speech, but thats already been done in schools, where you can’t even say Merry Christmas, why aren’t we up in arms about the draconian rules inside corporate America? It would be nice to be able to identify images harmful to minors, or even people not wishing to see them at a more base level. I personally don’t care if people need porn, just make it easier to identify and filter so I can keep it off my home machines.

  33. Cheap shot at the Bush administration that adds zero value to this post…say it ain’t so, Robert! You might as well throw in a “Bush is a moron” while you’re here. Then you’d really be original!

    Otherwise…love your stuff! Very interesting that you are not afraid to upset your right wing readers. I suppose that’s why folks keep reading.

    Oh, and Australia is dead wrong (as you say). It’s time for parents to parent. I’m a new reader but I wonder how easy you were on Google for its dirty censorship deal with China.

  34. Cheap shot at the Bush administration that adds zero value to this post…say it ain’t so, Robert! You might as well throw in a “Bush is a moron” while you’re here. Then you’d really be original!

    Otherwise…love your stuff! Very interesting that you are not afraid to upset your right wing readers. I suppose that’s why folks keep reading.

    Oh, and Australia is dead wrong (as you say). It’s time for parents to parent. I’m a new reader but I wonder how easy you were on Google for its dirty censorship deal with China.

  35. This all about the global march towards one world socialist government … the people will allow the government to accomplish whatever it wants as long as the government tells the people that what they’re doing is for the protection of women & children. This is precisely how Feminism has turned the USA into the most pussified/feminized nation on Earth. The men are becoming increasingly feminized, and American Women are becoming increasingly masculine. USA = Feminist Freakshow. Men, just you wait until you encounter the Feminist Family Court system! Boy are you in for a shock about how evil feminism is!

  36. This all about the global march towards one world socialist government … the people will allow the government to accomplish whatever it wants as long as the government tells the people that what they’re doing is for the protection of women & children. This is precisely how Feminism has turned the USA into the most pussified/feminized nation on Earth. The men are becoming increasingly feminized, and American Women are becoming increasingly masculine. USA = Feminist Freakshow. Men, just you wait until you encounter the Feminist Family Court system! Boy are you in for a shock about how evil feminism is!

  37. Scoble,

    The problem is that you understand the Internet, the dangers that lie there, and how to teach your kids to be responsible. Most parents that I see today don’t understand technology, and have been so conditioned by the media that they think if their kids are using the Internet, they’re going to be kidnapped by sexual predators or look at porn all day. I’m not really surprised at all that so many parents are calling on the government to “protect” their children. It is all part of our society’s move away from personal responsibility, and blaming anyone else that we can for anything bad that happens in our lives.

  38. Scoble,

    The problem is that you understand the Internet, the dangers that lie there, and how to teach your kids to be responsible. Most parents that I see today don’t understand technology, and have been so conditioned by the media that they think if their kids are using the Internet, they’re going to be kidnapped by sexual predators or look at porn all day. I’m not really surprised at all that so many parents are calling on the government to “protect” their children. It is all part of our society’s move away from personal responsibility, and blaming anyone else that we can for anything bad that happens in our lives.

  39. Re: protecting kids… I have two sons in college now, net natives both, gamers, etc. IMO, the best practice is to make a place in your home where it’s fun to all be on the computer together. It’s our version of the kitchen table, remarking on what we see, like sharing newspaper, trading sections over breakfast.

    It’s when kids are squirreled away in their rooms or in a basement — the activity completely separate from family life — that they may be more tempted to get into various kinds of trouble online.

  40. Re: protecting kids… I have two sons in college now, net natives both, gamers, etc. IMO, the best practice is to make a place in your home where it’s fun to all be on the computer together. It’s our version of the kitchen table, remarking on what we see, like sharing newspaper, trading sections over breakfast.

    It’s when kids are squirreled away in their rooms or in a basement — the activity completely separate from family life — that they may be more tempted to get into various kinds of trouble online.

  41. “I’m just surprised that the Bush administration hasn’t tried something like this here before Australia got a chance to do it.”

    I think you have a touch of BDS there, Robert. As other commenters have pointed out, the urge to censor exists on all sides of the political spectrum. Have a look at the speech codes on college campuses, for instance: they all come from the left. Every time Congress has a go at pornography filters, plenty of Democrats vote yes, along with a good number of Republicans.

  42. “I’m just surprised that the Bush administration hasn’t tried something like this here before Australia got a chance to do it.”

    I think you have a touch of BDS there, Robert. As other commenters have pointed out, the urge to censor exists on all sides of the political spectrum. Have a look at the speech codes on college campuses, for instance: they all come from the left. Every time Congress has a go at pornography filters, plenty of Democrats vote yes, along with a good number of Republicans.

  43. sorry if this thought is a repeat of anyone else
    s comments but…….

    I have five kids at home ages 10-16, and I feel that what ever they see or do not see, and how ever they access info is MY JOB to decide. I am not for more government rights, I wish for them to have less access to how I live my live.

  44. sorry if this thought is a repeat of anyone else
    s comments but…….

    I have five kids at home ages 10-16, and I feel that what ever they see or do not see, and how ever they access info is MY JOB to decide. I am not for more government rights, I wish for them to have less access to how I live my live.

  45. This is the main stream equivalent of the Democratic party in Australia, scoble, not “Far Right or Far Left”. Bush has never even suggested this, nor has the vast majority of freedom-loving Republicans.

    This is an extension of the government nanny state (they even provided free copies of Net Nanny) that Democrats have been pushing since day one. They want to take care of you from cradle to grave with programs ranging from $500 grants at birth that Hillary advocated for to universal healthcare (worked great for Britian… except for all those people whose records were released, and all the 3 month waits for surgery) to social security.

    Face it, Australia made a bad choice with the labor party and if you vote for a Democrat in the states you are voting for the same thing, more big government nanny state actions and less freedom.

  46. This is the main stream equivalent of the Democratic party in Australia, scoble, not “Far Right or Far Left”. Bush has never even suggested this, nor has the vast majority of freedom-loving Republicans.

    This is an extension of the government nanny state (they even provided free copies of Net Nanny) that Democrats have been pushing since day one. They want to take care of you from cradle to grave with programs ranging from $500 grants at birth that Hillary advocated for to universal healthcare (worked great for Britian… except for all those people whose records were released, and all the 3 month waits for surgery) to social security.

    Face it, Australia made a bad choice with the labor party and if you vote for a Democrat in the states you are voting for the same thing, more big government nanny state actions and less freedom.

  47. Robert,

    As I said, I don’t want the government determining what to filter, but I think the government should push for people to think about it and to urge use of the commercial tools out there. I don’t want the politically correct speech police or the anti-smoking lefty’s on this either.

    As for Google and Wikipedia, I have Wikipedia open, Google’s parental parameters set for the result list and let bsafe.com deal with the rest. Younger children are very, very impressionable. Just letting the filth come to them can negate and ruin a lot of good parenting. And by not condemning bad behavior, the parent makes it hard to even discuss bad behavior – and all of this is happening when the child needs guidance the most!

    In a lot of ways, things are twisted now. People are taught not to judge – so bad behavior is excused and ignored. People ignore the bad behavior and ignore the consequences, but vigorously attack the people talking about the bad behavior. This paragraph is why I’m spending time writing on this subject. To me, it is vitally important for parents to filter content (at various times and amounts) so our kids aren’t desensitized to bad behavior.

    Watch that video. It starts about 9/11 but the root ideas transfer to many aspects of our culture and I see patterns of what Evan is saying everywhere.

    To be clear, I don’t want the government to censor, but it’s vitally important for parents to censor. There are plenty of tools available that give the parents good control.

  48. Robert,

    As I said, I don’t want the government determining what to filter, but I think the government should push for people to think about it and to urge use of the commercial tools out there. I don’t want the politically correct speech police or the anti-smoking lefty’s on this either.

    As for Google and Wikipedia, I have Wikipedia open, Google’s parental parameters set for the result list and let bsafe.com deal with the rest. Younger children are very, very impressionable. Just letting the filth come to them can negate and ruin a lot of good parenting. And by not condemning bad behavior, the parent makes it hard to even discuss bad behavior – and all of this is happening when the child needs guidance the most!

    In a lot of ways, things are twisted now. People are taught not to judge – so bad behavior is excused and ignored. People ignore the bad behavior and ignore the consequences, but vigorously attack the people talking about the bad behavior. This paragraph is why I’m spending time writing on this subject. To me, it is vitally important for parents to filter content (at various times and amounts) so our kids aren’t desensitized to bad behavior.

    Watch that video. It starts about 9/11 but the root ideas transfer to many aspects of our culture and I see patterns of what Evan is saying everywhere.

    To be clear, I don’t want the government to censor, but it’s vitally important for parents to censor. There are plenty of tools available that give the parents good control.

  49. Wow, scoble you’re the first parent I’ve ever seen say that the needs of the many outweigh their own child’s protection.

    I wish more people would think like that.

  50. Wow, scoble you’re the first parent I’ve ever seen say that the needs of the many outweigh their own child’s protection.

    I wish more people would think like that.

  51. @3 “Here in the States it’s usually the right wing political types who advocate for this kind of stuff (and that’s where most of the fundamentalist religious types hang out too).”

    Can you cite specific examples? You really need to back up such statements with facts and examples. Otherwise, this is merely a hasty generalization.

    Which political group advocates the passing of more “hate crimes” (thought control)?

    Which party introduced the “Securing Adolescents from Online Exploitation Act of 2007″..it was a Democrat from Texas. Passed in the House 409-2. The two NAY votes? Both Republicans. Do you even know what this law requires?

    Which party is working hard to block permanently banning taxes on internet access? Why!, it’s the Democrats.

    Quite frankly, bills proposing one kind of internet regulation or another come from BOTH sides of the aisle. No one group has a monopoly on this.

  52. @3 “Here in the States it’s usually the right wing political types who advocate for this kind of stuff (and that’s where most of the fundamentalist religious types hang out too).”

    Can you cite specific examples? You really need to back up such statements with facts and examples. Otherwise, this is merely a hasty generalization.

    Which political group advocates the passing of more “hate crimes” (thought control)?

    Which party introduced the “Securing Adolescents from Online Exploitation Act of 2007″..it was a Democrat from Texas. Passed in the House 409-2. The two NAY votes? Both Republicans. Do you even know what this law requires?

    Which party is working hard to block permanently banning taxes on internet access? Why!, it’s the Democrats.

    Quite frankly, bills proposing one kind of internet regulation or another come from BOTH sides of the aisle. No one group has a monopoly on this.

  53. Adding on to what James Robertson said about speech codes on campus as being censorship, hate crimes are an extension. I was confused for years because usually liberals are soft on crime. Then I realized that by supporting hate crimes, they can seem tough on crime and suppress speech at the same time. The idea is to to make an existing crime a “hate crime” and elevate an underlying issue (“the thought”) as being criminal. So nowadays, just the thought of anything that has been converted to a hate crime can get you in big trouble. So “hate crimes” are just another tool to suppress speech.

    I bring this up because this is another case where certain liberals are using the government to suppress speech.

    In Australia’s case, the government should not be getting into the filter business and I wouldn’t assume the people behind this are right wingers.

  54. Adding on to what James Robertson said about speech codes on campus as being censorship, hate crimes are an extension. I was confused for years because usually liberals are soft on crime. Then I realized that by supporting hate crimes, they can seem tough on crime and suppress speech at the same time. The idea is to to make an existing crime a “hate crime” and elevate an underlying issue (“the thought”) as being criminal. So nowadays, just the thought of anything that has been converted to a hate crime can get you in big trouble. So “hate crimes” are just another tool to suppress speech.

    I bring this up because this is another case where certain liberals are using the government to suppress speech.

    In Australia’s case, the government should not be getting into the filter business and I wouldn’t assume the people behind this are right wingers.

  55. “Our rights are under attack, but gotta protect the children, right?”

    I’m a bit confused by this statement. How is legislation that is passed in a another country making our rights in the US “under attack”? In relation to this specific issue, what specific rights of ours in the US are “under attack”?

    As for “protecting the children”.. that type of language, more often than not, comes from the left.

  56. “Our rights are under attack, but gotta protect the children, right?”

    I’m a bit confused by this statement. How is legislation that is passed in a another country making our rights in the US “under attack”? In relation to this specific issue, what specific rights of ours in the US are “under attack”?

    As for “protecting the children”.. that type of language, more often than not, comes from the left.

  57. Censorship is just about as old as time itself. It’s just new and improved.

    This is a complicated set of issues. We need to balance freedom of speech with protection of the innocent. How is this accomplished? Is there any hope in truly accomplishing it without curtailing freedoms?

  58. Censorship is just about as old as time itself. It’s just new and improved.

    This is a complicated set of issues. We need to balance freedom of speech with protection of the innocent. How is this accomplished? Is there any hope in truly accomplishing it without curtailing freedoms?

  59. Does anybody think the Founding Fathers thought freedom of speech includes the freedom to show young children anything and everything that happens in this often sick world?

    To say that responsibility goes to parents only is absurd. Unless a parent chains their children to their beds without a television, computer, game system, phone or access to friends, there is no way a parent can police this stuff alone.

  60. Does anybody think the Founding Fathers thought freedom of speech includes the freedom to show young children anything and everything that happens in this often sick world?

    To say that responsibility goes to parents only is absurd. Unless a parent chains their children to their beds without a television, computer, game system, phone or access to friends, there is no way a parent can police this stuff alone.

  61. As for the politics behind this, it’s funny to me that the same people who call for keeping military recruiters away from children support allowing pedophiles and pornographers full access to them.

  62. As for the politics behind this, it’s funny to me that the same people who call for keeping military recruiters away from children support allowing pedophiles and pornographers full access to them.

  63. To suggest that a western democracy like Australia would introduce a clean feed to attack the rights of it’s citizens is ridiculous. There has been a massive over-reaction by yourself and other bloggers to this issue.

    Those who still want access to porn and violence will still have it. And opting-out of the clean feed won’t lead to violation of civil rights in Australia. You guys are just being paranoid.

    Furthermore, opting-out of the clean feed is a sensible solution. Why should those who don’t want porn and violence have to opt-out. We don’t have to opt-out of porn magazines and videos offline, so why should we have to do it on the Internet?

    I am an Australian parent and I applaud the Labor government for having the guts to clean up the Internet.

  64. To suggest that a western democracy like Australia would introduce a clean feed to attack the rights of it’s citizens is ridiculous. There has been a massive over-reaction by yourself and other bloggers to this issue.

    Those who still want access to porn and violence will still have it. And opting-out of the clean feed won’t lead to violation of civil rights in Australia. You guys are just being paranoid.

    Furthermore, opting-out of the clean feed is a sensible solution. Why should those who don’t want porn and violence have to opt-out. We don’t have to opt-out of porn magazines and videos offline, so why should we have to do it on the Internet?

    I am an Australian parent and I applaud the Labor government for having the guts to clean up the Internet.

  65. I’ve been involved in the filtering industry for 10 years. Contrary to what Seth says, mandated “opt out” ISP filtering has neither been tried nor “lost in court” in U.S. There is a case involving the state of Pennsylvania, but that applied only to child porn, and their was no “opt out.” See http://filteringfacts.org/legal/cda/. I imagine as long as the opt out was easy and anonymous, it would probably hold up in court. FYI, I’ve got virtually every legal document about U.S. filtering cases on my website at http://filteringfacts.org/legal/

    IMHO,This would be a good tool for parents in the U.S. to help protect children. Further, I see required (or very strongly suggested by gov, like the comics code in the 50’s) filtering by ISPs becoming the norm in western democracies in the next decade, starting with child porn and malicious code sites. It’s already happening now.
    –David burt http://www.filteringfacts.org

  66. I’ve been involved in the filtering industry for 10 years. Contrary to what Seth says, mandated “opt out” ISP filtering has neither been tried nor “lost in court” in U.S. There is a case involving the state of Pennsylvania, but that applied only to child porn, and their was no “opt out.” See http://filteringfacts.org/legal/cda/. I imagine as long as the opt out was easy and anonymous, it would probably hold up in court. FYI, I’ve got virtually every legal document about U.S. filtering cases on my website at http://filteringfacts.org/legal/

    IMHO,This would be a good tool for parents in the U.S. to help protect children. Further, I see required (or very strongly suggested by gov, like the comics code in the 50’s) filtering by ISPs becoming the norm in western democracies in the next decade, starting with child porn and malicious code sites. It’s already happening now.
    –David burt http://www.filteringfacts.org

  67. “Even though this is under the guise of protecting the children, I wonder if the next step is to regulate political speech. A lot of politicians are scared of the power of blogs and the ability for anyone to put up a web site. Politicians in general don’t like anything that’s not in their control.”

    I’d say most politicians treat blogs a sources of income, but of no real importance. Need I remind anyone of the impact on weblogs on Howard Dean’s candidacy?

    As for Australia, I would think the people of that country are intelligent enough to differentiate between filtering illegal material, and suppressing dissidents, which is what China is faced with.

    Still, the tinhats are in full swing with this one. I loved what the Australian Women Online weblog had to say (ping backed above):

    “One popular blog, TechCrunch went so far as to suggest a conspiracy between our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd and the Chinese. And what did Duncan Riley from TechCrunch offer as proof of this conspiracy? A satirical video downloaded from YouTube. What an idiot!

    If Riley and TechCrunch want to be taken seriously in this debate, they will have to lift their game. Infantile YouTube videos and wild conspiracy theories may be sufficient to stir up support for the argument against clean feeds on TechCrunch, but it just won’t cut it elsewhere.”

    It just gets harder and harder to get attention, doesn’t it? You have to bring in clown acts.

  68. “Even though this is under the guise of protecting the children, I wonder if the next step is to regulate political speech. A lot of politicians are scared of the power of blogs and the ability for anyone to put up a web site. Politicians in general don’t like anything that’s not in their control.”

    I’d say most politicians treat blogs a sources of income, but of no real importance. Need I remind anyone of the impact on weblogs on Howard Dean’s candidacy?

    As for Australia, I would think the people of that country are intelligent enough to differentiate between filtering illegal material, and suppressing dissidents, which is what China is faced with.

    Still, the tinhats are in full swing with this one. I loved what the Australian Women Online weblog had to say (ping backed above):

    “One popular blog, TechCrunch went so far as to suggest a conspiracy between our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd and the Chinese. And what did Duncan Riley from TechCrunch offer as proof of this conspiracy? A satirical video downloaded from YouTube. What an idiot!

    If Riley and TechCrunch want to be taken seriously in this debate, they will have to lift their game. Infantile YouTube videos and wild conspiracy theories may be sufficient to stir up support for the argument against clean feeds on TechCrunch, but it just won’t cut it elsewhere.”

    It just gets harder and harder to get attention, doesn’t it? You have to bring in clown acts.

  69. @45. Amen to that!

    But for Scoble to assign all this “big brother” mentaility to the domain of “right wing political types” shows how ignorant of these issues he really is. It was Clinton (D) who signed the Communications Decency Act in to law back in 1996. That was subsequently ruled unconstitutional by the SC. So, which party was trying to “protect the children”, again?

  70. @45. Amen to that!

    But for Scoble to assign all this “big brother” mentaility to the domain of “right wing political types” shows how ignorant of these issues he really is. It was Clinton (D) who signed the Communications Decency Act in to law back in 1996. That was subsequently ruled unconstitutional by the SC. So, which party was trying to “protect the children”, again?

  71. Some thin skinned right wing commenters here!

    Everything in their world is the liberals fault.

    Say something negative about the bush admin, and you’re branded a bush hater, bush derangement syndrome.

    Funny with these same internets, they dont know about the james dobsons, the
    ‘family council’ orgs that spam the fcc about janet jacksons boob, etc.

  72. Some thin skinned right wing commenters here!

    Everything in their world is the liberals fault.

    Say something negative about the bush admin, and you’re branded a bush hater, bush derangement syndrome.

    Funny with these same internets, they dont know about the james dobsons, the
    ‘family council’ orgs that spam the fcc about janet jacksons boob, etc.

  73. @51. When makes statements not based on facts wouldn’t call that being thin skinned; I’d call that asking for the truth. Scoble failed to provide any examples supporting his Bush accusations. As for your dobson example, how is that in any way related this discussion? Dobson is not a govt org

  74. @51. When makes statements not based on facts wouldn’t call that being thin skinned; I’d call that asking for the truth. Scoble failed to provide any examples supporting his Bush accusations. As for your dobson example, how is that in any way related this discussion? Dobson is not a govt org

  75. D T Nelson – I do agree with you up top there. Socialism tends to be a wolf in Sheep’s clothing. I think it should be State Rules-State Rights. The Federal Government should stay out of our lives, to the best of their ability.

    To quote Milton Friedman:
    “Government power must be dispersed. If government is to exercise power, better in the county than in the state, better in the state than in Washington. If I do not like what my local community does, be it in sewage disposal, or zoning, or schools, I can move to another local community, and though few may take this step, the mere possibility acts as a check. If I do not like what Washington imposes, I have few alternatives in this world of jealous nations.”

  76. D T Nelson – I do agree with you up top there. Socialism tends to be a wolf in Sheep’s clothing. I think it should be State Rules-State Rights. The Federal Government should stay out of our lives, to the best of their ability.

    To quote Milton Friedman:
    “Government power must be dispersed. If government is to exercise power, better in the county than in the state, better in the state than in Washington. If I do not like what my local community does, be it in sewage disposal, or zoning, or schools, I can move to another local community, and though few may take this step, the mere possibility acts as a check. If I do not like what Washington imposes, I have few alternatives in this world of jealous nations.”

  77. Jerry: I look at Bush’s policies on stem cell research, for instance, or contraception and abortion policy, as evidence of the religious right’s influence on him.

  78. As others have said, Robert, the Australian Labor government who are implementing this – in just their first month in government – are ideologically equivalent to the US Democrats.

    It was in fact the previous right wing government who where very, very much aligned with George Bush and your Republican government’s ideologies, who resisted internet filtering.

    I would expect that, if the Democrats win the 2008 election, this is much more likely to appear on their agenda than the Republican’s.

  79. As others have said, Robert, the Australian Labor government who are implementing this – in just their first month in government – are ideologically equivalent to the US Democrats.

    It was in fact the previous right wing government who where very, very much aligned with George Bush and your Republican government’s ideologies, who resisted internet filtering.

    I would expect that, if the Democrats win the 2008 election, this is much more likely to appear on their agenda than the Republican’s.

  80. What is the problem with trying to reduce kids’ access to porn on the internet?

    The argument against seems to be based solely on paranoia. Paranoia about it somehow being intrinsically linked with freedom of speech. As others have asked, how is freedom to distribute porn connected with freedom of speech?

    Has censorship of movies, TV, print etc meant we’ve ended up with police-state like suppression of freedom of speech through those mediums?

    And why do we accept censorship in those mediums but expect the internet to be open slather? And the “too hard” argument is just a cop out.

    We have mechanisms in these other mediums to support parents (for example, adult magazines in plastic covers, adult shows later at night, children not admitted to adult-rated movies etc). As a parent I know that there’s these mechanisms to help me ensure it is harder for my children to be exposed to things I don’t think they should.

    But when it comes to the internet, you want it to be 100% my responsibility. In my house that is working really well, but how do I exercise that 100% responsibility when my child is not in my house? As I say, the mechanisms are there in other mediums to help me, but you don’t want it on the ‘net.

    I worked in IT for 20 years and we had to implement filtering at work to protect ADULTS from themselves. If adults can’t even use the internet appropriately, why do we think children will? Even our own who we’ve educated not to. So why shouldn’t we be trying to protect children too?

    One other STUPID argument against filtering is it won’t be foolproof or be 100% guaranteed. So what? Nothing is. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least reduce the risk. Isn’t it better that our children have access to only 10% of the crap than 90%?

    Access to porn on the internet should be a choice as it has always been in other mediums, not a given.

  81. What is the problem with trying to reduce kids’ access to porn on the internet?

    The argument against seems to be based solely on paranoia. Paranoia about it somehow being intrinsically linked with freedom of speech. As others have asked, how is freedom to distribute porn connected with freedom of speech?

    Has censorship of movies, TV, print etc meant we’ve ended up with police-state like suppression of freedom of speech through those mediums?

    And why do we accept censorship in those mediums but expect the internet to be open slather? And the “too hard” argument is just a cop out.

    We have mechanisms in these other mediums to support parents (for example, adult magazines in plastic covers, adult shows later at night, children not admitted to adult-rated movies etc). As a parent I know that there’s these mechanisms to help me ensure it is harder for my children to be exposed to things I don’t think they should.

    But when it comes to the internet, you want it to be 100% my responsibility. In my house that is working really well, but how do I exercise that 100% responsibility when my child is not in my house? As I say, the mechanisms are there in other mediums to help me, but you don’t want it on the ‘net.

    I worked in IT for 20 years and we had to implement filtering at work to protect ADULTS from themselves. If adults can’t even use the internet appropriately, why do we think children will? Even our own who we’ve educated not to. So why shouldn’t we be trying to protect children too?

    One other STUPID argument against filtering is it won’t be foolproof or be 100% guaranteed. So what? Nothing is. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least reduce the risk. Isn’t it better that our children have access to only 10% of the crap than 90%?

    Access to porn on the internet should be a choice as it has always been in other mediums, not a given.

  82. @54. Interesting…but irrelevant to your argument. Looking for specific examples of “right wingers” proposing Internet specific censorship bills and the list being longer than those proposed and/or signed into law by “left wingers”

  83. @54. Interesting…but irrelevant to your argument. Looking for specific examples of “right wingers” proposing Internet specific censorship bills and the list being longer than those proposed and/or signed into law by “left wingers”

  84. Robert, I’m surprised you would know that! :)
    My kids always went to Catholic schools, too, but I never polled the other parents regarding their political party. I can’t even remember it ever coming up, except for people I knew very well. I’m just going by national statistics.

    I just think it’s best not to stereotype groups of people, including political groups. I’m conservative and Christian, but I’m not a part of what people call “the religious right,” because I’m not evangelical or fundamentalist, I believe in civil unions for homosexuals, I want major changes in health care in this country, etc. etc.

    I think the world is much too complex nowdays to make assumptions and judgments based on whether or not you believe in God, or like George Bush, or believe that abortion is morally equivalent to slavery, and so on.

    To my mind, being totally black and white about free speech are no better than any other radical position. It’s just common sense that we don’t let anybody and everybody have full digital access to vulnerable children, any more than we allow them to have full physical access.

  85. Robert, I’m surprised you would know that! :)
    My kids always went to Catholic schools, too, but I never polled the other parents regarding their political party. I can’t even remember it ever coming up, except for people I knew very well. I’m just going by national statistics.

    I just think it’s best not to stereotype groups of people, including political groups. I’m conservative and Christian, but I’m not a part of what people call “the religious right,” because I’m not evangelical or fundamentalist, I believe in civil unions for homosexuals, I want major changes in health care in this country, etc. etc.

    I think the world is much too complex nowdays to make assumptions and judgments based on whether or not you believe in God, or like George Bush, or believe that abortion is morally equivalent to slavery, and so on.

    To my mind, being totally black and white about free speech are no better than any other radical position. It’s just common sense that we don’t let anybody and everybody have full digital access to vulnerable children, any more than we allow them to have full physical access.

  86. Remember the $84m web filter hacked by a 16 year old? Doesn’t seem fair to shift the responsibility to the ISP. Parents are responsible for what their kids watch.

    And yes, this is an attack on freedom.

  87. Remember the $84m web filter hacked by a 16 year old? Doesn’t seem fair to shift the responsibility to the ISP. Parents are responsible for what their kids watch.

    And yes, this is an attack on freedom.

  88. I think locked doors are an attack on freedom. I say we outlaw locks and alarm systems on our homes and businesses.

    And clothes, too. As Mr. Naked Time, Sexy Time says, there’s nothing more freedom-suppressing than clothing.

  89. I think locked doors are an attack on freedom. I say we outlaw locks and alarm systems on our homes and businesses.

    And clothes, too. As Mr. Naked Time, Sexy Time says, there’s nothing more freedom-suppressing than clothing.

  90. @61. Scoble, if you knew anything about politics you would know that the Catholic vote, for the longest time, traditionally went more towards Democrats. That pretty much lasted up until 1972, when the Democratic Party bascially alienated their base due to their activities in the late ’60’s. But the Catholic vote shifted back towards the Dem’s in 2006, with Catholics holding the war in Iraq, poverty and socialized healthcare as top priorities.

  91. @61. Scoble, if you knew anything about politics you would know that the Catholic vote, for the longest time, traditionally went more towards Democrats. That pretty much lasted up until 1972, when the Democratic Party bascially alienated their base due to their activities in the late ’60’s. But the Catholic vote shifted back towards the Dem’s in 2006, with Catholics holding the war in Iraq, poverty and socialized healthcare as top priorities.

  92. I applaude the Australian Government for this initiative ! I’m Australian and like most parents would not consider leaving a PC in my childs room. I think it’s a great concept and support it fully. Happy New Year.

  93. I applaude the Australian Government for this initiative ! I’m Australian and like most parents would not consider leaving a PC in my childs room. I think it’s a great concept and support it fully. Happy New Year.

  94. I think you have it wrong on which type of administration would do this in the US. It is typically the liberals/dems that use the excuse “save the children” as an excuse to chip away at one our rights.

  95. I think you have it wrong on which type of administration would do this in the US. It is typically the liberals/dems that use the excuse “save the children” as an excuse to chip away at one our rights.

  96. Can someone who keeps saying it’s the parents’ responsibility, explain how the parents can fulful that responsibility at times when they’re not with their kids? Are they to follow them around 24 hours a day?

    Robert, how are you going to stop Patrick or Milan trawling for porn at friends’ houses where the parents don’t want to, or know how to, filter content?

    How would you feel if you found out Patrick was inviting his friends over to look at porn on the internet? And how would you deal with his friends’ parents who might want to lynch you?

    Kids are going to try to find this stuff, but we don’t have to make it any easier for them than it needs to be.

  97. Can someone who keeps saying it’s the parents’ responsibility, explain how the parents can fulful that responsibility at times when they’re not with their kids? Are they to follow them around 24 hours a day?

    Robert, how are you going to stop Patrick or Milan trawling for porn at friends’ houses where the parents don’t want to, or know how to, filter content?

    How would you feel if you found out Patrick was inviting his friends over to look at porn on the internet? And how would you deal with his friends’ parents who might want to lynch you?

    Kids are going to try to find this stuff, but we don’t have to make it any easier for them than it needs to be.

  98. Robert, I thought I’d linked to your response here, but I didn’t. As an Australian and a parent I’m bugged by this announcement. My 10yo daughter fully understands there are sites with inappropriate material on the ‘Net. We have a set of usage rules in the house that she follows and occasionally questions. We explain to her the reasons for the rules. I’ve gone into this more deeply in my post on the issue – http://www.acidlabs.org/2008/01/01/dumb-decision-by-our-new-government-over-net-filtering/ – it’s getting a few Diggs.

  99. Robert, I thought I’d linked to your response here, but I didn’t. As an Australian and a parent I’m bugged by this announcement. My 10yo daughter fully understands there are sites with inappropriate material on the ‘Net. We have a set of usage rules in the house that she follows and occasionally questions. We explain to her the reasons for the rules. I’ve gone into this more deeply in my post on the issue – http://www.acidlabs.org/2008/01/01/dumb-decision-by-our-new-government-over-net-filtering/ – it’s getting a few Diggs.

  100. @34, from 1948~1978, Britain’s National Health Service was the envy of the world. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher came in and decided not to fund it as highly. So, it fell to near bottom of the EU. Still, it’s better than the US system. Blair upped spending, but not by enough to restore it to its former greatness.

  101. @34, from 1948~1978, Britain’s National Health Service was the envy of the world. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher came in and decided not to fund it as highly. So, it fell to near bottom of the EU. Still, it’s better than the US system. Blair upped spending, but not by enough to restore it to its former greatness.

  102. @72 “Can someone who keeps saying it’s the parents’ responsibility, explain how the parents can fulful that responsibility at times when they’re not with their kids?”

    The same way as parents have taken responsibility through the ages, by instilling discipline and respect. My parents didn’t follow me around 24/7, I did some bad stuff, I avoided some bad stuff.

    My parents didn’t ask the government to prevent me from being able to look at porn mags around my friends house!

  103. @72 “Can someone who keeps saying it’s the parents’ responsibility, explain how the parents can fulful that responsibility at times when they’re not with their kids?”

    The same way as parents have taken responsibility through the ages, by instilling discipline and respect. My parents didn’t follow me around 24/7, I did some bad stuff, I avoided some bad stuff.

    My parents didn’t ask the government to prevent me from being able to look at porn mags around my friends house!

  104. “I have two children and I’d rather raise them with freedom of speech than some government deciding what they can and can’t see, thank you very much”

    tis why your son is an asshat.

  105. “I have two children and I’d rather raise them with freedom of speech than some government deciding what they can and can’t see, thank you very much”

    tis why your son is an asshat.

  106. I am aussie who has been following this in the press and its very unlikely it will happen with performance drops of between 17-70% as tested by the many Australian ISP’s who are very against this plan. Also the plan isn’t for mandatory sensor ship it will allow people to opt out of the filtering with their ISP. Overall the plan isn’t so bad because it does help the computer ileterate protect their children form undesirable material. The cons are it will increase the already high internet costs and reduce the speed of our already slow broadband.

  107. I am aussie who has been following this in the press and its very unlikely it will happen with performance drops of between 17-70% as tested by the many Australian ISP’s who are very against this plan. Also the plan isn’t for mandatory sensor ship it will allow people to opt out of the filtering with their ISP. Overall the plan isn’t so bad because it does help the computer ileterate protect their children form undesirable material. The cons are it will increase the already high internet costs and reduce the speed of our already slow broadband.

  108. Well the commmos have landed in australia ,the unions ,greedy greens and labor ,what a mix ! its unfortunate that dumb young people dont know the difference between commos and non commo but they will find out soon eneough ,ruddy is up to his neck in his comrades even his family has chinese and he speaks it ,gillard from the stalin era ,and miss wong a chinese lesbian (they sure didnt mention that in the election ,) what kind of a threat is china? well read this if you want an idea of reality http://en.epochtimes.com/news/5-8-8/31055.html .the media is very far left ,the bbc ,age ,chanell ten /9 .all part of the far left controlled bylabor. worry ? we sure should .

  109. Well the commmos have landed in australia ,the unions ,greedy greens and labor ,what a mix ! its unfortunate that dumb young people dont know the difference between commos and non commo but they will find out soon eneough ,ruddy is up to his neck in his comrades even his family has chinese and he speaks it ,gillard from the stalin era ,and miss wong a chinese lesbian (they sure didnt mention that in the election ,) what kind of a threat is china? well read this if you want an idea of reality http://en.epochtimes.com/news/5-8-8/31055.html .the media is very far left ,the bbc ,age ,chanell ten /9 .all part of the far left controlled bylabor. worry ? we sure should .