Former AFP cop says filter will 'fail'

Former AFP cop says filter will 'fail'

Summary: 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".

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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.

Topics: Censorship, Government AU

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  • Well done, a common sense approach to the problem. Imagine how many online cops we could fund and well resource to catch people participating in illegal activities instead of pissing it up against the wall on a filter that will fail. Catch and prosecute is the answer but I guess that takes too long and it can't be spun well in an election cycle.
    brucemills
  • The filter is or was never intended to catch internet baddies such as thos involved in child porn. Just a very crude and basic attempt at controlling the obvious along with a whole load of other material completely unrelated. As Conroy himself has stated, the real bad stuff only makes up a very small portion of what is on the list. So really it seems somewhat pointless considering anyone who can follow a few simple steps can bypass it completely. I think a filter is a good idea if it is an optional extra service for those parents who want to make accidentally browsing a porn site harder (tho any child who actually wants to find what they want, will regardless) but nothing more. And those who dont have kids should not have their internet connections performance reduced by something they do not need, want or will benefit from in any way.
    nissy-2f939
  • The ACMA black list doesn't include porn sites unless they include beastiality etc mate. So it wont protect a kiddy from accidentally going to porn sites. Only those deemed sick. So will be useless for the use you describe. Whereas the home filter that Liberals provided did block those sites but from locally installed filter for pc... Go figure Liberals were doing already what conroy origionally set out to do. Meh WASTE
    dkorn
  • Its simple, you put up a wall ... people will try to get around it including all those sick people trying to share their crap. The ONLY way to fight the nasties/badies by giving the AFP, special crime bodies, AHTCC etc more money ...
    jobst@...
  • Let law enforcement officers deal with dregs of society, not bureucrats.
    Definately not Rudd & co who condemed Bill Henson!
    ojvpuce