Australian government wants to filter Internet access

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For some time now, the Australian government has been causing some controversy for its stance on the Internet. With a critical and emasculating policy, one of the strongest in the Western world, Australia is now preparing a new target for 2008, AFP reports.

Australian Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced that it will be the duty of all ISPs to offer filtered Internet versions to all schools and homes in the country that so desire. The official believes that the strategy will be effective in the fight against pornography, violence and other «inappropriate» content available online.

Stephen Conroy also ensures that the measure will not jeopardize the quality of the services provided and that everything will be done so that the connection speed is not impaired.

However, even with the minister stressing that this measure is not mandatory and that anyone who wants to can choose connections without filtering, the truth is that the Australian population remains reluctant given the high level of censorship in the country. The biggest concern for citizens is whether content delivered without alleged filtering will be monitored by the government. On the part of ISPs, in view of the discomfort of subscribers, the question is: which version will have the most output, filtered or traditional?

Faced with voter apprehension, Stephen Conroy argues that the Labor government «does not apologize to those who argue that any Internet regulation is similar to following in China’s footsteps» and that «if people equate freedom of expression with viewing pornography» child, then the government will be at odds «.

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