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    Australia plans tough web rules

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    Australia is planning tough new rules to protect children from online pornography and violence.
    The new Labor government wants internet service providers to filter content to ensure households and schools do not receive "inappropriate" material.
    BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Australia plans tough web rules
    'OTT censorship' or 'About bluddy time, good idea'
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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Very scary, to be honest. Not because people will not be able to get their porn, but because a republican (as in system of government, rather than political position) government will control what is and is not allowed. Such forms of government almost always have cause to control the populace's access to information. Even if a system is designed and implemented without that as the express reason to be (I wish I could remember the swish french phrase for this ), it will be an impossible temptation.

    I am at least somewhat reassured that there is an opt-out available, however you can be sure that ISPs would be required to keep full details of anyone who opts out. Such a scheme would be better done opt-in, with ISPs allowed to offer automatically opted-in accounts but required to offer unrestricted ones also.

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Bad idea if you ask me, they are going to force you to have censored internet, unless you ask them oherwise. I can just see the ISP`s having more tiers to their packages "uncensored access only $10.00 a month more than censored"

    Smacks of government interference on a level i would never have expected from Australia. Children need protecting, totally, but it must be up to the parents to be responsible for this, the internet is easy enough to filter, if you don`t use the tools available and your kids download porn or see things they shouldn`t then it is entirely the parents fault.

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Yay, balls to parental responsibility! Infact, sod it I'll get the missus up the duff and when the sprog is born we both want nothing to do with it. Why you ask? Well it's obvious innit? The state knows best so why shouldn't they look after the kids (I hate that word, they're not goats ffs!), gives me more time to go down the pub.

    Won't somebody think of the children!

    P.S When was the last time you logged onto the wibbly wobbly web for some good old fashioned violence? Never? Well then my young malchak, better don the droogy woogy* suit and head off to the milk bar, ya eunuch jelly!

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    I think it depends what they consider inappropriate. Of course we already have parental controls for the net if we choose to have them but these can often be circumvented.

    I do think children need to be somewhat limited on the net though. We've all seen things we don't like on it and there is no real need for them to see it at any point in their lives let alone when they are kids.

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    Another nanny state it seems. I disagree with this level of censroing, I mean why should anyone be told what they can and can't see. Yes ok I agree it is for the Children, but that surely should be down to the parents to monitor what is being viewed on the internet.

    In my mind it's another case of governments wanting to take total control of peoples lives.

    People will be told what they can and can't wear next. Nazism anyone ??

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    I think all internet porn should be banned. And especially so kids cannot gain access to it.

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Yeh Kool Pc (Not from earth - Under the desk). Well leave me and my bairns to use the internet browsers parental options to make the decision if you don't mind .

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Koolpc View Post
    I think all internet porn should be banned. And especially so kids cannot gain access to it.
    ...but think of all the poor unemployed porn stars you'd have then!



    I agree it's down to the parents to have protection in place for their kids. The government could force ISPs to offer this as a service, but it should be an option with no differences in price with it on or off and the blacklist controlled by an independant organisation to the government. Maybe even encourage adult sites to add themselves to the blacklist in exchange for a "Child Safe" mark or such for a bit more respectability?
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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Bad idea and probably, alas, the shape of things to come.

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Ban all internet porn. Be much better for everyone. Lets get the net cleaned up!

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    ^Yes and then let's ban swearing on websites and anything else that doesn't fit with our view of the world.

    I'm against censorship of the web/'net in principle, it's about the last bastion of near-free speech around and I don't want governments or interest groups in any democracy meddling in it. Once this sort of thing gets introduced it'll prove to be the thin edge of the wedge.

    If I had kids I'd either ban them from going on the web or install appropriate controls, I wouldn't want them browsing but there are a lot of other things I don't want them to see or experience too and that would be my responsibility as a parent to see to it that they were protected.

    The web ain't a nice place but neither's the world and no amount of PC, vote-garnering, nanny-knows-best posturing by politicians is going to change that, I'm afraid.

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    I have a little girl and i can't stand all the 'Filth' on the net!! I know it will never get banned but it would be great if it was!!

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    we could ban people who are scared of sex from the internet?

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    we could ban people who are scared of sex from the internet?
    It's not just 'Sex' though, is it! Filth is a better word.

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    Re: Australia plans tough web rules

    I don't care what people do as long as it doesn't interfere with me or others.

    That's why I'm against spam but also against internet censorship. If you feel that the internet is filled with stuff you find offensive, don't use the internet. Or more realistically just stick to sites you know you can trust.

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