Australia's voluntary internet filter set for mid-year start

Voluntary filtering of the internet by three of Australia's ISPs is on track to start this year, according to communications minister Stephen Conroy's department

Stephen Conroy's Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has said voluntary filtering of the internet by three of Australia's largest internet service providers was on track to kick off in the middle of this year.

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Voluntary internet filtering in Australia is on track to start in mid-2011, according to Stephen Conroy's department. Photo credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia

In July 2010, Telstra, Optus and Primus revealed an agreement with the Federal Labor Government to voluntarily implement filtering technology to block any of their customers from accessing child pornography online, while the government conducted a review into the 'refused classification' category of content, which its much broader mandatory filtering project would block.

Last night, the department's deputy secretary for its Digital Economy and Service Group, Abdul Rizvi, told a Senate Estimates committee hearing that the voluntary filtering was slated to kick off in mid-2011.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Voluntary filter set to start mid-year on ZDNet Australia.

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