Scott Penrose

Federal Filtering

Scott is an expert software developer with over 30 years experience, specialising in education, automation and remote data.

Australian Government Internet Filtering

The Australian Government is working on a filtering solution for the whole of Australia. The reason they quote is to protect illegal content such as child pornography.

Is the government going to filter encrypted data - no of course not. Are they going to block all ports except unencrypted HTTP, no of course not. Therefore the government will be putting in place only a system that effects legitimate traffic.

Will their system be effective in stopping or reducing child pornography - no - ZERO EFFECT !

So we have seen that there is no positive effect of the filtering. Is there a negative one. Yes unfortunately.

  • The cost of building such a system is huge
  • The effect on performance is real
  • The potential to, even accidently, block legitimate content is a concern.

Effective filtering can be done with software at the end computer. It requires that a computer be controlled by an adult. What is done, what is installed. Without that adult control, some local filtering techniques you do not have effective filtering. Central filtering is a waste of resources and is damaging to the industry and individuals.

Please don't try and turn the Internet into a baby sitter. We have effective techniques (combined with adult supervision) right now. Use them wisely and stop expecting big brother to take the control.

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