The Green Room supports No Internet Censorship for Australia
The New York Times recently published a story about Labor’s plans to censor the internet in Australia. The article, titled “Uproar in Australia Over Plan to Block Web Sites”, discusses the potential risks and disadvantages over introducing a mandatory filter. It mentions Australian Internet Service Providers’ lack of participation in the “live trial” of the filter, and Senator Conroy’s position regarding the plans to fully implement the clean feed by the end of 2009.
The article adds a comment from Clive Hamilton, an ethics professor at the Charles Sturt University in Canberra.
”The Internet has dramatically changed what children can see,” said the professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, noting that ”a few extra clicks of a mouse” could open sites with photos or videos of extreme or violent sex. ”Opponents of ISP filters simply refuse to acknowledge or trivialize the extent of the social problem.”
As one of the many opponents of ISP filtering, I completely disagree with the above statement. It is important to realize that ISP filtering is not the right way to filter what children see online. Not only does such a filter dramatically slow down the internet, but it also is capable of blocking legitimate websites, and gives the federal government complete control over what the Australian public can and can’t see. – r.