Friday, November 21, 2008

Labor’s Cyber Safety sham

Remember the news? That Labor will spend $126 million over four years on their Cyber-Safety plan which Senator Conroy says will create a safer online environment for Australian children….

The Labor Party's "Plan for Cyber Safety" is much like the itsy bitsy spider trying to climb the water spout. It popped out on a sunny day five days prior to the Federal election, got washed away with the first drops of public criticism, and crawled back into its hole to regroup. Once the rain had cleared, it attempted the climb again … Right now, public outrage is raining pretty hard on the proposed policy … The original "Plan for Cyber Safety", released during last year's election campaign, said that a Labor Government would:

"Provide a mandatory clean feed internet service for all homes, schools and public computers that are used by Australian children. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will filter out content that is identified as prohibited by the Australian communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The ACMA 'blacklist' will be made more comprehensive to ensure that children are protected from harmful and inappropriate online material."

When the Rudd Government came to power, Senator Stephen Conroy was appointed the super-human task of delivering this policy. Now, one year later, a thorough search of Conroy's website reveals no mention of the plan.” >> more
The idea of crippling Internet speeds while possibly increasing consumer costs for what would have ultimately been an ineffective solution was always going to be bad policy. Here Labor would have simply degraded the net with an easily breached filtering system and infringed upon the freedom of computer users to browse the WWW.

Further reading: The high price of Internet filtering

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