Australia’s planned mandatory internet service provider level internet filter will block Refused Classification (RC) material. Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy says that’s "child pornography, pro-bestiality sites, pro-rape websites and material like that". But it’s actually more than that.
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On Monday night Senator Stephen Conroy spoke at The Sydney Institute on the topic, ”Reform Unleashes Transformation.” We blogged earlier about what Senator Conroy had to say about the filter (read it here), but you can now also listen to his address here. Listen to other addresses from The Sydney Institute here.
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?