The internet in Australia is already slow enough. I wish it would just get faster, yet the government has decided to introduce this crap even after they promised to invest in speeding it up after the election in 2007? It appears that if they do invest in improving the current internet infrastructure, it will only bring it back to the speeds we are all used to.
Looking at different reports about the filtering scheme, they have already run a trial in Tasmania. Firstly, it showed that if people want to get around the filter, they can. Secondly, and this is what really upsets me the most (as I am very opposed against censorship), about 6% of the content is inappropriately filtered. That's approximately 3% of proper sites have been filtered out, as well as 3% of the improper sites have been let through.
What can you do?
- Write to Senator Conroy c/- his electoral office: Suite 1B, 494 High Street, Epping Vic 3076; alternately, email him: firstname.lastname@example.org (thanks to the article in the first link for the Senator's details). Tell him not to slow the internet any further, and that a machine or a computer program does not replace proper education or parenting. Another angle you could attempt is to stop wasting taxpayers money on ineffective systems (I am hesitant at suggesting this, as it appears politicians can always justify spending money).
- Read more about it: The high price of internet filtering (on abc.net.au), 'Appalled' opposition hits back at Conroy’s Internet censorship (on computerworld.com.au), and also Google News links
I have already written to Prime Minister Rudd in the past about this (as well as already blogging about it), and I received a formal letter in response stating I should not be concerned for any disadvantages will be minimal. I feel like I have already been lied to - now I'm feel like I am being told I do not know better for myself.
I think I'll be sick for the rest of the year now...