Communications Minister Stephen Conroy late yesterday
said he had received the report from Enex Testlabs into trials of
ISP-based internet filtering technology, and would release it
"shortly" as part of a public consultation process.
Answering a question from a Senate committee (of which Shadow
Communications Minister Nick Minchin is a member) yesterday
afternoon, Conroy said the government would release the filter
report to the public "as soon as is practicable".
He said the government expected to conduct a public consultation
process into ISP-based internet filtering after the report's
release, with a period of about a month being
If the Rudd Government's policy is implemented, Australian ISPs
will be forced to implement mandatory filtering of illegal internet
content, based on a list of sites administered by the Australian
Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The policy is highly controversial and has stimulated both
illicit internet attacks and political activity aimed at the
For example, public objection to the policy has acted as a spur
to the registration of the Pirate Party in Australia, which
champions issues such as intellectual property rights, free speech
and data privacy.
And in September, a loosely associated coalition of online
activists attacked the websites of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and
ACMA, taking the PM's site down for a short time with a glut of