'Net filters "required" for all Australians, no op

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'Net filters "required" for all Australians, no op

Postby bob » 10/17/08, 2:38 am

Australians may not be able to opt out of the government's Internet filtering initiative like they were originally led to believe. Details have begun to come out about Australia's Cyber-Safety Plan, which aims to block "illegal" content from being accessed within the country, as well as pornographic material inappropriate for children. Right now, the system is in the testing stages, but network engineers are now saying that there's no way to opt out entirely from content filtering.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20 ... t-out.html
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Postby RedRage » 10/17/08, 1:29 pm

you know I have to say i like that. I filter alot of that junk here any more because sometimes you just click the wrong thing and 19 click later :) you are downloading something you didn't intend to.

But.... shouldnt be forced on people :-/
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Postby Gerry » 10/22/08, 9:39 am

I hadn't even heard about this. I wonder if this is something that was implemented by the past or current government.

I will happily get locked up for publicly going around their filter and teaching everybody else how to do it.

That money would go toward imposing filtering requirements on ISPs, who would have to use the Australian Communications and Media Authority's official blacklist, which is in turn based on the country's National Classification Scheme.


I imagine this means it would block sites about grand theft auto 3, which is considered illegal by Australia's National Classification Scheme. I seriously do look forward to being thrown in jail for this. It will kill two birds with one stone as soon as it hits the media. Hmmm.... I also see a potential commercial interest in this... anybody know when it's planned for release?
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Postby bob » 10/26/08, 11:34 pm

Australia's plan to subject every Internet user in the country to mandatory content filtering just keeps getting stranger. Although the current government says it simply inherited the program from its predecessor and that the filtering will be voluntary, it seems intent on continuing the rollout plans even as it has become apparent that some level of filtering will be mandatory. Now, an Australian newspaper has uncovered documents showing that the government minister responsible for the program has ignored performance and accuracy problems with the filters, then tried to suppress criticism of the plan by private citizens.


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Postby Gerry » 10/31/08, 9:56 pm

Did a little big post on this:
https://gerrywastaken.wordpress.com/

The guy is finally starting to cop a bit of heat on this though...

Somebody set up a "fake steve jobs" type thing for him on twitter which is quite funny... http://twitter.com/stephenconroy

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/stor ... 60,00.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXSvzvQC5v0
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Postby Gerry » 10/31/08, 10:37 pm

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Postby Gerry » 10/31/08, 10:40 pm

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Postby Gerry » 11/04/08, 8:29 pm

I seriously feel HELPLESS on this issue!!! The ignorance is just numbing.

The guy in charge of this all, Stephen Conroy, "Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy" doesn't even know what a firewall is for god's sake!!! How does this guy get to start a 4.7 Billion dollar (which is a much bigger amount when talking an economy as small as Australia) tech project or get say over how to manage the infrastructure of the net in Aust???

This issue == CLUSTERFUCK

If I can say anything positive about the Chinese government, it would be that they were at least smart enough to understand the complexity of what they were attempting.
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Postby RedRage » 11/04/08, 9:06 pm

If I can say anything positive about the Chinese government, it would be that they were at least smart enough to understand the complexity of what they were attempting.


and if you spoke out against it.. you went to jail (or worse)
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Postby Gerry » 11/04/08, 10:36 pm

That's a positive?
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Postby RedRage » 11/04/08, 11:00 pm

sorry forgot to note the sarcasm :-)
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Postby xXJackXx » 12/11/08, 5:23 am

Hey all, didn't see this site posted in here so thought I'd post it up

No Clean Feed

also this site EFA

Its gonna be very messed up if this filter system gets put in place.

Also in one of the articales i was reading it said there lab tests showed that the filter slowed the connection speed by 87%

Another articale talks about how it'll make our IP appear to be coming from one IP since it'll all be going through the filter or at least only a hand full of IPs
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Postby RedRage » 12/11/08, 11:54 am

ug like some sort of wierd nat? thats going to make it easy to filter out the entire country but then again make it harder for people out side to track security breaches :-/

I just setup opendns.org on all our work computers. works really well but fairly easy to get around if you have any knowledge of how to change tcp/ip settings.
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Postby Dark Shadow » 02/26/09, 4:15 am

Not to be insensitive to those Aussies who will have to deal with this, but this may open up the door for a new avenue of marketing United States based VPN's or Proxies to allow for freedom and security of traffic.

Does anyone remember setting up caching proxy servers for Australia back in the day when their internet blew chunks and was really expensive? This reminds me of that.
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Postby Gerry » 02/28/09, 8:17 pm

Dark Shadow wrote:Not to be insensitive to those Aussies who will have to deal with this, but this may open up the door for a new avenue of marketing United States based VPN's or Proxies to allow for freedom and security of traffic.
Yeah you're not the first one to say that. There would be many ramifications if this ever went through.
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