Australia: Filtering in Test Phase

The Australian government is moving ahead with plans to introduce filtering at the ISP level. They’ll block content that is deemed to be harmful to children.

ISP-based filters will block inappropriate web pages at service provider level and automatically relay a clean feed to households.

To be exempted, users will have to individually contact their ISPs.

The exemption is an interesting approach.

Another interesting point in the article is that much of the harm children face online comes from “web 2.0” services, which the article suggests cannot (or won’t) be filtered.

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