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Australia to give away porn-filtering software

Discussion in 'Networking, Telephony & Internet' started by Agg, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. Agg

    Agg Lord of the Pings

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    http://news.com.com/2100-1028-6086259.html?tag=tb

    The Australian government plans to spend about $86 million to provide all the country's families with free Internet pornography-blocking software.

    Helen Coonan, the minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, announced the initiative Wednesday. A representative of Coonan told ZDNet Australia that the first free filters should be available for download from a government portal within six months.
     
  2. chewbucca

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    wow, available within 6 months! lets keep an eye on that ;)

    Good initiative by our Government :thumbup:
     
  3. Masteraal

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    but at $86 million ?!?! thats a bit excessive :S

    oh yes one more thing...if kids want porn....they will find ways of getting it... :p
     
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    if it blocks msn for my kids

    i'm in for it
     
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    Yah, it so completely will, cause MSN is really a thinly veiled porn distribution Mecca. :rolleyes:

    I bet you're also hanging out for Microsoft's soon-to-be-released high-performance motorbike?
     
  6. brokenback

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    Great more free CDs, floating around, just like the AOL CDs.

    It's a beat up by the Christian right trying to assert their religious (sanctimonious) agenda thru the Liberal Party Policy. :tired:

    I which they would crawl back into the holes from whence they came! :sick:
     
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    Sick more free coasters!!

    I wonder how good this filter is. Wonder how many ligimate site will be blocked.
     
  8. Wet Sandwich

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    As long as the government pays for it...whether you support porn or not, it would be bad if it made internet access cost more because the ISPs have to pass on the cost to consumers.


    Way to go in removing all responsibility from parents for responsible parenting :( . Back in my day if us kids got porn flown in by carrier pigeon or clay tablet and our parents found out, damn we got in big trouble.
     
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    Will they pay ISP's compo for all the support calls they will have about why a religious site wont work and why their email wont work
     
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    I used to be filtering admin for an outsourcer and the problems we had with filtering were amazing. We employed a proactive filtering product purchased from the good ole USA and our own in house black list and filter system. You are always playing catch up, and the amount of shit you cop because people think that the filter is the be-all and end-all is amazing.

    In my opinion, it's not a battle that you can win. I think the government is going about this the wrong way. By providing families with a product they are lulling them into a false sense of security - no filter system is perfect and those who want to will find a way around it. This is just another step in removing responsibility from the parents. If you aren't supervising your child whilst on the internet, the child should not have access to it. The internet is not a baby sitter.
     
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    I'm going to take a guess and say that it's the cheapest one the government can find - so it probably won't be very good.

    As others have said, there are two crucial points:

    (1) If kids want porn, no PC-based filter is going to stop them. Presumably it'll have configuration options so you can adjust the security level - how long will it take for kids to figure those out?

    (2) While it's not stopping kids, it's stopping parents worrying about their kids. That may or may not be a good thing. All it means is that the parents feel that they have less responsibility, and the kids can do whatever they want on the net without their parents interrupting them.
     
  12. King B

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    The Government should just ban anyone under 18 from using the internet.
     
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    I havent seen a filter yet that prevents kids from getting copies of penthouse black from their old mans stash.. or older brothers stash.. or friends.. etc etc..
     
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    I saw the report on the news about it. Opposition were bitching saying that ISP's should be doing this. My question: What is an ISP? Las time I checked, it stood for INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER. I don't see "except naughty bits" anywhere in that. I wish people like this would fuckoff and die.

    You wanna combat porn. www.xxx.<pornsite>.com

    Then simple router setup to not display sites in the XXX domain. FFS. Give hosting companies all over the world 86 million bucks to do that instead of fucking around with this client based protection shit. This, with the exception of that kid trying to print out the internet, is the biggest waste of money I have ever had the mispleasure of seeing.

    /rant
     
  15. Goose1981

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    Linky? This sounds like a laugh..
     
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    I wonder how this actually works? (or if even works). So you've got an image titled apple01.jpg displayed on a html page. How does it detect that it's porn?
     
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    Bad idea to the max. waste of money....

    If you install it... i bet half of the good sites will be blocked also.. giving 1million headaches for any users.

    Parents need to be wary of what their kids are doing on the internet.. but then again.. i know how hard it is with my 16 yr old sister.. she sits on msn half the night talking to whoever she wants... and on the mobile phone whenever and for however long till she runs out of credit...

    Parents, do some parenting. smack the kids around a bit.. Kids get to do anything they want these days.
     
  18. demaar

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    In the end, though, every taxpayer (those who rely on others to raise their kids, or not) ends up paying for it, so what's the difference?
     
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    I think you mean www.pornsite.xxx .. that's what was proposed (and rejected) again recently.
     
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    86 million bucks is completely DISGRACEFUL.

    Hey I've got a great idea. Give me 5 million dollars and I will produce a filtering program for Australia. I will personally pocket around 2 million dollars, you'll have your filtering program, and the country saves 81 million bucks!

    86 million dollars could be spent developing a filtering program... paying some bastard company for 2 million licenses is JUST DISGRACEFUL.

    I bet half the software development companies in Australia just shit their pants when they heard this announcement.
     

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