Correspondance on Censorship
About six months ago, I sent a letter to the Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (yes, that’s a mouthful), Stephen Conroy, raising some concerns with the ISP filtering the Government was proposing.
A few weeks ago, I received a response. It’s overly long, filled with spin and cruft, but hey, that’s better than nothing. There’s still some questions unanswered though, and new ones raised, so here’s my response to the good senator. Fingers crossed for a faster reply.
To the Honourable Stephen Conroy,
Thank you for your letter dated 26 June 2008, replying to my own concerns sent to your office in January. I appreciate the extensive details on the current Government’s plans for cyber-safety, although I feel a couple of my concerns weren’t addressed. Namely:
- The reasoning behind using an opt-out filter instead of an opt-in filter;
- Acknowledgement that this filter will slow down the internet in Australia; and
- Confirmation that it is the ACMA, not the Government, that determines what sites are filtered.
Secondly, I have some questions from what you outlined in your letter:
- Who decides the participants in the Consultative Working Group and Youth Advisory Group?
- What defines success and/or failure for the ISP filtering pilot?
- Was there consultation with the industry about the feasibility of the filtering? Or is that consultation limited to how best to implement it?
Again, thank you for your response, and I look forward to the continuation of this discussion.