Mandatory internet filtering

astrojax 2 January 2008 68

Look everyone, Kevin wants to filter the internet.

What I want to know is what effect this may have on sites like RiotACT? Who, exactly, gets to say which site falls which side of the line? On what basis? I actually don’t expect such a place as this would be sidelined, but mebbe dissent will be silenced? Where might this sort of policy proposal stop? Who is out-doing me-too l’il Johnny (god rest his cotton sox) now?

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68 Responses to Mandatory internet filtering
Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:44 pm 06 Jan 08

Hey, if you’re going to Kabul, can’t miss Karachi either.

astrojax astrojax 7:39 am 06 Jan 08

i’ve got som hols coming up in march, can you get my tix and accommodation organised by then? i want a room with a spa and sauna, and a pool in the hotel and a bar with drinks with those little umbrellas… just a week, mebbe a stop-over in tehran for shopping? or kabul…

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 5:56 pm 05 Jan 08

Why? Your mum sending you there? I don’t blame her.

Mælinar Mælinar 2:29 pm 05 Jan 08

you’re going to Baghdad on vacation! – I can have that arranged actually.

astrojax astrojax 8:28 am 05 Jan 08

f’fuck’s sake, maelinar – we’re in ‘strylya. it’s ‘mUm’, ok? 😉

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 8:32 pm 04 Jan 08

Because she saw your photo and thought, “Ha, what a wimp! If his mum lets him out of the house, you’re going to Baghdad on vacation!”

Mælinar Mælinar 7:14 pm 04 Jan 08

Well, look, if people can’t be bothered to learn how to protect their kids on the internet – don’t get the internet. Simple!

How come your mom lets you use it then WMD ?

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 7:06 pm 04 Jan 08

It may not make the list, so you might not have to worry, Mr Evil.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:34 pm 04 Jan 08

I want my porn, and nobody’s gonna stop me getting it!

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:49 pm 04 Jan 08

Well…they should probably consider finding someone to help them set up the internet and appropriate software before they consider using it.

Adza Adza 10:51 am 04 Jan 08

I’m not against the free filtering to those who want it either… don’t get me wrong.

But considering most parents I know can only just turn a computer on, they would find it hard to install/turn on/configure/even know about.

I think overall its safer to blanket it first, then let the tech savvy people remove it. It would reach far more of the population and not be a burden for people who don’t know what they’re doing.

Until people who are currently in their twenties grow up to be 50-60, there will always be people who are not computer literate.

Thumper Thumper 6:38 pm 03 Jan 08

Rudd is starting to sound and act like Ned Flanders….

boomacat boomacat 6:31 pm 03 Jan 08

Children should not be able to use the internet unsupervised – the computer should be in the family room where it can only be used under the watchful eye of a parent – this is the only true way to protect children online.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:39 pm 03 Jan 08

Well, look, if people can’t be bothered to learn how to protect their kids on the internet – don’t get the internet. Simple!

Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:00 pm 03 Jan 08

The Govt could even make a internet filter tips fridge magnet?

Would probably as useful as the anti-terrorism one that we all got a few years ago!

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:45 pm 03 Jan 08

Then Adza – why not give free filtering software to all parents and educate them to use it? Why take this extra measure that affects everyone?

astrojax astrojax 2:51 pm 03 Jan 08

then, adza, if the situation was reversed, and it was offered to those who wanted it rather than imposed upon all those who didn’t, you would equally concur on the policy’s efficacy?

why should i declare to the govt, or to my ISP, or to anyone else, what i want access to on the ‘net? it makes much more sense that those who want to have restrictions request them – this is a slippery slope into a travesty of freedoms.

Adza Adza 1:49 pm 03 Jan 08

Won’t make any difference to me. I’ll ask for it to be immediately removed. As long as you can remove it then I don’t have a problem.


Because not all parents are up to speed in relation to being technologically savvy. Personally, my kids are not allowed to access chat, porn etc etc. But I’ve set up filtering and security measures myself to prevent it. Most parents don’t know how to do that, so yes I support it being introduced… as long as there are no issues with it being removed for those that don’t want it.

Chat really is bad… it’s fully of 12-20 year olds talking about sex… and yes the older people are on there trying to lure younger ones into it. There is no way in hell my kids are chatting on the net.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:07 pm 03 Jan 08

“we should ban bad food outlet advertising”

Katy’s working on it!

astrojax astrojax 12:57 pm 03 Jan 08

thing is, all this ‘let’s stop pornography’ chatter never gets round to showing why stopping it is a good thing, and/or why letting it be available is a bad thing.

i understand we don’t want to encourage the sexualt exploitation of children, but using them/their images in pornography is surely entirely different from allowing them to see naked people, no?

we should ban bad food outlet advertising and atrocious grammar before we stop pictures of nudity.

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