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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    Mark, 27 Feb 2008 @ 1:56am

    last one my kids kept bugging me

    has anyone heard of the EEEEEEEE.EEE virus it come from computers in 1988 or 1987 not too sure on year, but they said computer use to delete files on it's own and replace them with EEEEEEEE.EEE and funny joke I heard some people back then saying EEEEEEEE to me and I thought they were mental....like i talk to them and they go EEEEEEE and later on....they talked like computers....serious...heard it came from india call centre on phone....lines must be really bad....terrible really nothing we can do.....anyone have any news I was told it was the first computer virus that went into peoples head....like that's so silly i don't think NOD32 ESS will protect you from that....lol...sounds like matrix hey? but must be a mental problem...some people went on medication...serious stuff i hope this wasn't true but please anyone that has info please feel free to post....like i heard kids at school begging parents to buy ESS NOD32 how sick is that....seriously no one will believe this....load of crap...kids see what they think these days soon they will think computers will be alive well i know doctors will help ;) thank god for them don't know what we would do without them

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