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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    Hulser, 20 Feb 2008 @ 9:42am

    Failure?

    I wouldn't call the program to give free Internet filters to parents a failure. What the low usage rates tell me isn't that the government failed to get the word out about this great porn filter; it's that the parents don't think it's a big deal if their kids see some porn. But instead of the government viewing the results as proof that the Australian people apparently aren't as uptight and worked up about this whole "porn thing" as they thought they were, they view it as a "failure" that requires more extreme measures. Dumb.

    For the record, I think offering free filters to parents is a great idea. It appeases the people who think the government should protect their children and it avoids the issue of the government having to force the ISPs to perform the filtering.

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