Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Web filters, Australian style

It's always a good idea to develop policies which follow the Chinese government isn't it?

Seems like the Australian government is forcing ISPs to ensure they filter out "illegal" content.

Hmm - good idea? Well, I suppose it depends.

Who decides what is or isn't illegal and when do they do that? And who looks at what's illegal and keeps an eye on what they're banning? And how far do you take this?

Sure, there's stuff that no-one wants access to, but how do you determine where that line is? How far does this damage free speech?

Tricky one - but I how far is it before you move from filtering "illegal" activities to deciding that dissent is illegal? And then do you become the Chinese government?

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