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?

Filed Under: australia, failure, filters, porn, regulations


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    Anonymous, 20 Feb 2008 @ 12:41pm

    Instead of blocking information, make the parents parent. If they took the trouble to bring the child into the world, why can they not protect their own child? Why is it that we must rely on law and regulations, when it only takes responsibility. The responsibility of the parent to raise the child they have. Society should not be in loco parentis, as neither should a tv, computer or other medium be used in place of the parent.

    It is not a technology problem, technology has not caused the problem. However, politicians are smart and know that people do not like to be told they are doing something poorly.

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