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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    James, 3 Aug 2009 @ 10:45pm

    Internet filters

    Yeas, you are right. No technology is perfect, especially when automated. Only a manual human filtering can be near perfect, but then, with all the sites in the world, nobody can really afford it.
    James from the laptops kaufen blog

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