New govt report shows holes in ISP filter choices

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A brand new report released by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has showed that its chosen filters could filter illegal content or block peer-to-peer networks, but it failed to identify content shared on the peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

While it showed that ISP filtering technology were improving, the report detailed and highlighted several holes to automatically filter content that is shared over P2P.

The test tested out six products, none are not named, and all were able to block non-web protocol traffic (like instant messaging), all could not filter newsgroups – but only three could block them. The tests were conducted at Telstra’s Broadband eLab by Enex Testlabs.

The table is below (Source: ACMA).


A spokesperson for Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has said that the department was expected to begin a live test before the end of the year, and will release an expression of interest to ISPs to conduct the test.

You can view the report here.

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