Child porn filter set to cover 90 percent of Australians

Child porn filter set to cover 90 percent of Australians

Summary: An internet filter based on a Interpol blacklist and designed to block child pornography is expected to cover 80-90 percent of Australians when it is adopted later in 2011

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Around 80 to 90 percent of Australians will have their internet connections filtered for child pornography this year, according to the association that represents Australia's internet industry.

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An industry code to be launched in July will focus on a blacklist of sites supplied by international policing agency Interpol. "We anticipate that we will have ISPs representing between 80 to 90 per cent of the Australian user base complying with the scheme this year," said Internet Industry Association (IIA) chief executive Peter Coroneos in a statement on Monday announcing the imminent finalisation of the code.

However, it remains unclear to what extent Australia's ISPs will actually implement the voluntary code promulgated by the IIA. The nation's largest ISPs Telstra and Optus have already committed to filtering their traffic for child pornography, and both are now on board with the IIA's policy.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Most ISPs will filter Interpol list this year: IIA on ZDNet Australia.


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