Conroy to talk filter today

Conroy to talk filter today

Summary: Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has scheduled a "cyber-safety" announcement at 2pm today in Melbourne in which he is expected to release the results of the live pilot of the government's planned mandatory internet service provider (ISP) filtering scheme.


Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has scheduled a "cyber-safety" announcement at 2pm today in Melbourne in which he is expected to release the results of the live pilot of the government's planned mandatory internet service provider (ISP) filtering scheme.

The minister promised back in October, when he acknowledged that he had received the report from Enex Testlabs, that he would release the document "shortly". In November he said it would be made public in due course.

The trial involved a number of ISPs who tested how filtering of certain internet sites would operate in a live environment at the ISP level. The largest of the nine ISPs that participated in the live trials included Primus, Unwired and Optus.

Some ISPs have met with Conroy over the past months to discuss ways the government could improve its filtering plan. Telstra is understood to have conducted its own ISP filtering trial and had shared the results with competitors, including iiNet.

iiNet's regulatory affairs executive, Steve Dalby yesterday told that while he had no question the technology was feasible to implement, the government needed to be more clear about its policy.

Dalby said the policy in its current form lacked any means for website owners that may be accidentally included on the blacklist of "refused classification" to have the classification redressed.

He also said the government needed to make a clearer statement about what should be included on the blacklist and that the government should appoint, for example, a retired judge to oversee the blacklist of banned sites.

Topics: Censorship, Government AU, Telcos, Optus, Telstra

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  • The answer is already known

    Conjob and co will say this filter is a raging sucess.

    A complete sham really.
  • Re: The answer is already known

    Probably, and shares in filter software co's will spike.
  • Cannot wait

    Probably a 500 page document with a summary that says it is all good. Eitherway, it will be interesting to watch this space.
  • What ever is released...

    What ever gets released I'm more than happy 500 or even 1000+ pages long to go through it with a fine tooth comb as will all others in the Industry and to be honest, I can't wait to finally get my hands on it.

    That said, even though there has been an announcement schedules, he still may not release anything new. It is Conroy after all.
  • Christian family values (Gak)

    The great thing about all of this religious or "culty" guff, is that all the sheeple groveling in their steeple, they all have "opinions" about what their deity is "saying" and righteously so, but the deity in the last few thousands of years of "omnipotence", has never once put in a personal appearance.

    You know like if "JC and the Space Cadets" were a rock band - the clueless would have caught on that while the promoters claim that they play in gigs all over the land, but they have never turned up; while the clueless and stupid keep rocking up and buying the tickets.


    So the same overlording us with more holier than thou drivel, is projected into the area of computer games and internet sites.

    Again while people get slaughtered for fun and profit in the movies and the real world, playing computer games doing the same stuff is just not on?


    Am I surprised that the people thrusting their liturgical loins at the censors office for "standards and decency" are not trying to put the shackles on those who choose to have their own autonomous opinions, by declaring them to workers of the devil, sorcery and witches - starting with the jabbings for the devils mark.

    Am I even further surprised that this is now extending into the Great Australian Firewall.

    Perhaps those who cry loudest are those who look forlornly upon the promises of the bible, such as Ezekiel 23: 21 "whose members were like those of donkeys, and whose emission was like that of stallions."

    I mean who wouldn't want that or to be getting that?

    I mean thank god Conroy is standing up for real Christian family values.

    Jesus said in Revelation 2:22-23 "And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."

    So Jesus wants to kill our kids - that's cool cause it is Jesus.

    Timbo says I Timothy 2:11-14 "Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence."

    So all the women ought to keep their traps shut. I mean it's in the bible - so it must be true right.

    And God digs killing pregnant chicks by knifing them and smashing their kids brains out on the ground; so the christians have got this family values stuff down pat: Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up."

    So Conroy and his catholic buddies have got this right - we have to be protected against them out there on the internet and subjugate ourselves to the righteous christians showing us how their god loves us and how we ought to be kissing his ass, on the basis of their say so.

    Oh did I mention that the old testament is a scammed copy of the Code of Hammurubi? The King of Babylons state laws - and the first 6 books of the bible are bare faced rip offs of this, just rebranded to a diety instead of the king?

    Yep gotta remember them good old christian family values, the true word of god is the bible... except that getting nailed for copyright and plagarisim wasn't invented then.
  • Try again...

    You might find that is the other way around with Hammurabi's laws..

    Either way comparing the laws to the OT is like comparing a book to a library and saying that the library was copied of the book.