Former AFP cop says filter will 'fail'

A former director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) Alistair McGibbon last night said the Federal Government's proposed mandatory internet service provider level filter would "fail".

A former director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) Alistair McGibbon last night said the Federal Government's proposed mandatory internet service provider level filter would "fail".

McGibbon made his remarks at a debate hosted by Intelligence Squared at Sydney's Recital Hall.

Asked by an audience member where resources should be focussed to combat internet nasties, McGibbon said it should be given to crime fighting units, not the filter.

"To me, it will fail," he said. "Should we put the resources somewhere else? Yes.

"Online crime fighting in this country is not staffed or funded to the level it should be."

McGibbon served as a federal agent with the AFP for 15 years and is now running Surete Group, a consultancy advising companies on internet fraud reduction.

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