- Thursday October 23rd, 2008
I sent this via snail mail and email to Stephen Conroy reagrding the idiotic plan to “clean feed” Internet connections. _ Minister Conroy, It is with extreme disappointment that I write you. After years of government who did not understand the Internet I had hoped the incoming Labour government would be more forward thinking. The plan to introduce a “clean feed” is technologically backward, short-sighted and has the potential for enormous abuse. In many ways it is little better than the censorship undertaken by countries such as China, Iran and similar totalitarian regimes. The content being targeted is already illegal in this country. These ham-fisted attempts to block it, at enormous expense and with such huge potential for false positives, would appear to actually detract from efforts to stop the heinous trade in child pornography. Rather than crudely censoring the web I feel money and efforts would be better directed at enhancing our law enforcement capabilities. I am sure the AFP and other agencies could put the proposed investment to good use and target actual offenders rather than have to sift through a mountain of false positives. _ See http://nocleanfeed.com/ for further information.
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