That Didn't Take Long At All: $89 Million Australian Internet Filters Called A Failure

from the that-was-fast dept

Last August the Australian Prime Minister announced plans to spend many millions of dollars to offer free internet filters that parents could use to keep their kids from surfing porn. The filters were cracked by kids in a matter of days. While we noted that this should have made politicians realize what a waste the program was, instead they just said it explained why they needed to spend even more. Reader Stack writes in to let us know that the Australian government has now declared the entire program to be a failure. While the government had predicted that 2.5 million households would make use of the filters, only 144,000 were downloaded or ordered on CD-ROM and only about 29,000 were actually being used -- a wee bit under the targeted amount. Of course, rather than recognize that maybe spending money on filters isn't the best way to deal with this issue, the new government sees this as more evidence to go ahead with its plan to force ISPs to censor the internet instead. How many more millions will get wasted before that program is declared a failure as well?

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    Anonymous, 20 Feb 2008 @ 7:12am

    One question but...

    What's wrong with kids looking at porn?

    I'm from Spain, TV here used to have x rated porn late at nights. Sometimes as kids we used to watch it. Neither promiscuity nor sex-awareness in kids was higher then than it is now (now it's prohibited). If anything kids are way more promiscious and sexually active now.

    To get things straight, I'm not in any way in favour of kids watching porn but I simply don't see why extra measures have to be taken to avoid them from seeing it. It's not readily accessible unless actively looking for it. You have to assume anyone actively looking for porn is already interested.

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