Thursday, January 14, 2010

Anglican Church Leader Questions Internet Filter

From Canon Dr Ray Cleary, chair of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee:

Federal Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy claims it is "just one part of a range of measures designed to make the internet a safer place". But questions remain. If there is to be a filter on selected subject matter such as child pornography what are the safety nets and accountability structures in place to prevent present and future governments censoring a range of political views, opinions and expressions that they find politically unacceptable or enabling them to track what individuals are looking at or accessing?

Conroy is right in suggesting we need a multi-pronged response to inappropriate material. I'm just not sure the filter should be one of those prongs.
Protecting children online takes more than a filter (The Age 14 Jan 2010)

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