Internet Filter Blocked Educational Sites, But Left Open Porn

from the reverse-filters dept

The Australian gov't has been pushing for widespread internet filters for a while, but perhaps they should take a look at some of the smaller scale tests being done in the country. Someone who prefers to remain anonymous, alerted me to the news that filters installed for high school students by the NSW education department were found to block educational sites, while letting porn flow through. Of course, with any filter there's going to be some Type I and Type II errors, so this shouldn't be a surprise. But, for some reason, there are many people who seem to think that filters must work, when they really tend to just give a false sense of security - people think that if filters are in place, they no longer need to worry.

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    Sean T Henry, 4 Aug 2009 @ 8:05am

    Re: Filter Fails

    If any school uses filtering what should when a page is blocked there should be a form to request access to the page/site (pending review). Also to aid in research but "protect" the kids, disable all non-text elements for the page and block all calls to display those items from the domain/directory.

    Then all kids could get off on is text porn.

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