Internet Censorship

... just say no!

No good will come of this, all that this is going to accomplish is making the Internet even more expensive and slow, while stopping at most tiny portion of the nasties. Wonderful.

If your an Australian I would recommend that you write a letter to the "Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy", Stephen Conroy, and your local Representative about this. I know I will. The No Clean Feed site has some suggested wording, and here's a copy of the letter I sent to the Minister for Broadband, etc., obviously I tweaked the wording a little for my local rep. You're welcome to reuse this if you want, but I suspect that it might have more effect if you write your own.

Senator Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Level 4, 4 Treasury Place
Melbourne Vic 3002

Dear Sir,

As a technically-minded Australian, I am writing to you to express my disapproval of your mandatory "Clean Feed" policy.

The clearest and most obvious reason to oppose "Clean Feed" is that it will not work. The filters will at best be an inconvenience, there are literally dozens of ways to bypass filtering systems. But I'm sure that the "Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy" would be aware of such basic networking concepts as proxies.

There are several other reasons such as for instance the up to 75% slowdowns, the not insignificant number of false positives, and the considerable expense associated with such a policy.

All told, I must conclude that this policy is ill-conceived and heavy handed approach to the problem of pornography in our society.

Timothy Pollard
Bachelor of Information Technology

Categories: Politics, Computers
Date: 2008-11-22 23:03:54, 15 years and 238 days ago

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