The federal government will introduce mandatory internet filtering this year. And after recent abuse appearing on Facebook memorial sites, the government is also looking at establishing an internet ombudsman. So how far should control of the internet go for the sake of making the online world safer for children? Is it actually possible to make the internet safe?
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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.
In the Interview Mark and Tech Wired Australia discuss what has happened in the past few weeks since we talked, including the expression of interest of which was released a couple of days ago. [This interview actually happened over a year ago now. Hard to believe we’re still debating this. Many thanks for your continuing hard work Mark.]
Discussing the proposed internet censorship legislation.
The Government now wants to pass the legislation that would require all internet service providers (ISPs) to ban refused classification (RC) hosted on overseas servers.