Tuesday, June 30, 2009

ICANN: Web Filters Will 'Embarrass' Aussie Govt

Darren Pauli writes on Computerworld AU:

An Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) chief has said the Australian government will “embarrass itself” if it pushes ahead with plans to install a national Internet content filter.

The group is a non-profit corporation that oversees management of domain names and IP addresses, Internet Protocol address space allocation and generic Top Level Domains.

ICANN board chair Peter Dengate Thrush said national Internet content filters are ineffective at law enforcement. The plan was introduced by federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy ostensibly as a mechanism to control distribution and access to child pornography.

“The government has set itself up for embarrassment,” Thrush said.

More here.


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