Australian ISP Agrees To Filter… Just To Show How Stupid It Is

from the that'll-show-'em dept

Australian politicians have been pushing to censor the internet for years, with its latest initiative being the most extreme and most ridiculous. Of course, even though each and every past effort by the Australian government has failed miserably, they always seem to think that this time it will be different. At least the largest Australian ISP thinks the government is out of its mind. The CEO of iiNet has agreed to sign up for the filters, but only to collect hard data in order to prove to the government “how stupid” the plan is:

“They’re not listening to the experts, they’re not listening to the industry, they’re not listening to consumers, so perhaps some hard numbers will actually help. Every time a kid manages to get through this filter, we’ll be publicising it and every time it blocks legitimate content, we’ll be publicising it.”

Good for them, though it seems unlikely to work. In the past when similarly ineffectual filters were demonstrated, Australian officials just interpreted it to mean they needed to pass stricter laws.

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Mike (profile) says:

Re: Old news...

No offense, but it’s not a race. We hadn’t covered the story. I thought it was interesting, and many of the folks here do not read Slashdot.

I don’t decide to not run stories because they’ve been covered elsewhere, and there are plenty of times when we cover stories before others. For example, a bunch of sites have been writing about Charles Nesson’s lawsuit against the RIAA this week (and people keep submitting it to us). But we wrote about it weeks ago already. But that’s fine, because getting more people to know about it is a good thing.

Lawrence D'Oliveiro says:

Not Just The Government?

I thought all this nonsense originated from the previous Liberal government led by John Howard. Isn’t new PM Kevin Rudd supposed to be a more reasonable chap? So why is his Labor party persisting with this truckload of fail?

Is this stupidity a little bit more entrenched than just party politics? Does it go a bit deeper in the Australian psyche than that?

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