Coonan's PC porn filter six months late

Coonan's PC porn filter six months late

Summary: Australians are not likely to get government-provided free online content filters for their PCs until June this year at the earliest, some six months after initially stipulated. In June 2006, Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan responded to a high level of community concern about offensive content available online (particularly pornography) by launching the National Filter Scheme -- a three-year, AU$93.

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Australians are not likely to get government-provided free online content filters for their PCs until June this year at the earliest, some six months after initially stipulated.

In June 2006, Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan responded to a high level of community concern about offensive content available online (particularly pornography) by launching the National Filter Scheme -- a three-year, AU$93.3 million initiative to provide free PC or ISP-based content filtering and to enable public libraries to set up child-safe Internet terminals.

Helen Coonan

At that time, a spokesperson for the minister told ZDNet Australia the first free filters should be available for download from a government portal within six months.

However, tender documents published yesterday revealed the government does not expect to start evaluating the market for such software until April at the earliest.

"A request for tender for PC content filters is expected to be released in early April 2007," the documents stated. "Tenders, including copies of proposed ISP-level filtering products or services, are expected to be received by the middle of May 2007."

In addition, while Coonan in June said the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) would be responsible for testing the filters, the government has now gone to market for a third-party consultant to carry out the work.

The consultant will provide final reports at the end of May for the PC filters being evaluated, and mid-June for the ISP-level filters.

A spokesperson from Coonan's office could not immediately comment on the matter today.

The department is expecting to evaluate approximately 20 PC and 10 ISP-level content filters.

Topics: Browser, Broadband, Censorship, Government AU

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  • Internet Porn Filters

    This must be the biggest band-aid job ever! Why the ISPs don't offer services tailored to their customer requirements escapes me. I can't wait for the industry to mature beyond geekdom and effectives sales and marketing applied to the ISP space.
    Consumers should have the choice of subscribing to either Family, Educational, Entertainment or Adult services. Expecting Mums & Dads who barely understand PCs and networking to be able to manage complex filtering, anti-spam and virus is plain stupid.
    Why are there no visionaries out there preparing the way for a new approach to the internet? The internet started as a network of PCs 15 years ago and is still just that. When are we going to evolve from an infrastructural solution to a rich (safe) media experience?
    anonymous
  • $93m crieky!

    Pretty dear for a porn filter! Give every ISP a free copy of netnanny and there would be lots of change with $93m!
    anonymous
  • They don't really care!

    It's not their money, so they don't give a continental F*&k. Howard's mob spend money like it's going out of fashion. Coonan doesn't have a clue.

    If parent's cannot control their children's net behavour, they shouldn't be allowed to use it. We don't need more government intervention.

    It's about time they stopped treating ALL of us like children. Any government controls on the Internet will finish up being like the lousy censorship Coonan is already trying to impose on all of us & so far that has been an unmitigated disaster, with little or NO community discussion.
    anonymous
  • You need a clearer understanding

    The idea of thinking that all you have to do is put a program like NetNanny on an ISP's server shows a complete lack of understanding of how this works. First NetNanny is not a true Internet Filter, is a parental control and second there is no way it can me made to be made to scale for the traffic flow required on an ISP server.

    It requires dedicated servers set up to filter at the ISP level to handle the traffic and not slow network speed. The only problem is that it can only have one lot of settings. Thats why the wisdom used to supply filters to families is the only reasonable way of implementing the filtering scheme.

    The filter can be set up to suit your personal needs and adjusted to suit different family members with multiple filtering profiles. We use the ContentScreen Internet Filter that can do all this for our family and it works great and does not over-block.

    I think the filtering scheme is a great idea to help familes. It hard to live without the Internat these days and the Goverment enforces censorship on other forms of media, so I think this is a good thing for children. I hope they choose ContentScreen to be one of the filters so we can keep using it.
    anonymous
  • Internet Censorship

    BRING ON THE PORN!

    Censoring the internet is just stupid. It holds no purpose or functional use.It was designed to be used as an international communication tool, a way to express different ideas,thoughts and feelings.

    I am under the age of 18, am i supposed to feel protected by such a pathetic attempt of family/politcal empathy. I've watched porn since i was like 9 years old, and believe me, theres no reason to shield it. It wont make you into a paedo or rapist, its human nature at its peak.

    Ironically, the parents that protect their kids from human nature, a libido, dont care if they watch some guys throat get ripped out in a blockbuster movie.

    For that matter, why should you block porn. Is it really that shocking to anyone? does it depict a new concept?
    Sex is everywhere for a child to see, as its become less of a taboo and more welcomed into our society. In a world where crazy motherfuckers fly planes into buildings, priests molest little boys, rape and murder are front cover news headlines, educational value in the histories of depravity. I find it amazing that the most basic of a species needs are shocking.

    Anything can be considered sexual, jesus can be considered sexually depictive. Where is the line drawn?
    anonymous
  • You need to awake from your slumber

    In fact, the Govt will use technology the same as what netnanny does. It is just a content filter - have a think about it. Besides, the government needs to butt out of the internet - it is the only freedom we have left and we all know that this filter will only cut a percentage of 'bad stuff' on the net and is a complete waste of taxpayer money. Money better spent subsidizing local content filtering at the end user level.

    We, unlike you know how to get around filters. Now warm up your white corolla and go to church.
    anonymous
  • Aus free porn filters

    shoot man! they've been free for ages !
    http://secureinternet.friendpages.com
    child safe web browsers,email,I.M.,chat and of course,porn blockers
    anonymous