Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy is reported to have admitted that the $44.2 million internet censorship plan would now be in two tiers – one that all ISPs must filter, and another optional filter to censor all adult material. And despite saying live trials will be held before the end of the year, Senator Conroy has no idea what the content on the mandatory filter would block access too.
The level of censorship is being compared to the censorship that has been placed in countries like China, Cuba, Iran and North Korea. This is also a huge backflip after saying that the filter would allow users to opt-out of the national filter – which would require you to contact your ISP and ask to be excluded from the filter.
The debate over whether we should have internet filtering is split between groups saying that it would increase costs on internet access, slow internet speeds and restrict access to the web; and others who say that it should be there to protect our children. And with no idea on which content is being blocked, we don’t even know if the sites would be blocked over information critical of the current Australian Government.
However, we want to see what’s your reaction about the filter. Vote is below.