By “voluntary” they mean that the ISPs are filtering content identified as child abuse material voluntarily, not that they are giving their customers who don’t want to look at child abuse material anyway any choice about being gifted with a false sense of cybersecurity.
People ask search engines the damnedest things: what can we do except help out as best we can?
Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed.What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
While my wonkish side is partly thrilled to see so many people critically engaged with public policy for once, for them to come to it from a place of disappointment, suspicion and resentment over a previous incomplete understanding of the system is far from ideal.
I love the new Filter Stephen Conroy site, and I’m keen to put up a similar site aimed at people who very much want their own family’s internet access to be filtered and who have bought into the idea that Conroy’s filter is going to be the easiest way to do it (and that it will work).
The Australian Government’s Classification board website has been hacked. The text:
Somebody Think of the Children.
A bit juvenile? Nos. Not particularly helpful? Sure. Illegal? Yup.
But I can’t help but have a leetle soft spot lurking in my heart for humorous, non-destructive civil disobedience in the face of bulldozing authoritarianism.