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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  1. identicon
    fprintf, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 11:02am

    Old news...

    It seems the pace of the Internet is too quick to blog about it. On November 11th, Slashdot covered this topic pretty comprehensively: Slashdot article

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    Mike (profile), Nov 19th, 2008 @ 11:18am

    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.

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  3. identicon
    Greg, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 11:28am

    Sounds familiar

    Similar tactics in religion and the wars on terror and drugs. Every time a tactic fails and makes things worse, proponents cry about the world going to hell in a handbasket and push for stricter measures, which make things worse still. Repeat ad nauseum...

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  4. identicon
    Reason, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 11:54am

    Cognitive Dissonance

    Cognitive dissonance seems to be rampant in politics. And from the looks of things, it's really, really bad in Australia. I feel sorry for our Aussie friends.

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  5. identicon
    known coward, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 12:13pm

    But its for . . .

    . . . . THe ChIlDrEn

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  6. identicon
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 6:09pm

    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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    Fowl, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 7:38pm

    A little nitpicky perhaps, but iiNet is a distant 3rd, in the "size" race behind Singtel owned Optus, and previously government owned Telstra.

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    Tamara, Nov 20th, 2008 @ 1:59am

    iiNet whilst a big ISP it's the 4th biggest(in terms of subscribers) ISP behind Telstra, Optus, and Internode.

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  9. identicon
    Mike D, Dec 10th, 2008 @ 11:44pm

    Re: Not Just The Government?

    uhhh excuse me mr Lawrence D'Oliveiro apparently you haven't heard that the internet is not a big dump.truck it is a series of tubes.. so it would be a tubeload of fail.. duh

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  10. identicon
    Rev. Dak, Dec 11th, 2008 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: Old news...

    Totally. I don't read slashdot, and this was NEWs to me.

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  11. identicon
    Alan, Feb 26th, 2009 @ 2:53pm

    Re: Not Just The Government?

    No, it originated with Kim Beasley (in opposition at the time). The Howard government countered with free pc-based filters.

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