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The Rudd Labor government made an election promise to bring in a mandatory internet filter for all Australian web users.
The filter is part of a $125 million cyber-safety plan intended to protect children from inappropriate material on the web.
There’s still no sign of the live trial of the technology that was due to start over a month ago, and in the meantime there’s increasing opposition to the plan.
We hear opposing views on the merits of the internet filter.
TRYING to get all perspectives on the Internet filter regime, I’ve had the opportunity to interview another interested party regarding the proposed Australian Internet Filter, the Electronic Frontiers Australia. I spoke with Colin Jacobs of whom is representing them as Internet censorship spokesman.
Former MoveOn.org executive director Eli Pariser isn’t so sure that the Internet is breaking down information barriers. In his new book "The Filter Bubble," he writes of a hidden rise of personalization on the web and how it limits the information we access. This information, he suggests, then becomes our own unique web universe, or "filter bubble."