Australian parents who wish to protect their families from unwanted or harmful Internet content now have "new options" under the reinvigorated Family Friendly Filter program operated by the industry lobby group Communications Alliance.
Consumer advocacy group CHOICE has delivered a harsh rebuke to the two major political parties for uniting to support the Internet filter Bill, accusing them of opposing ‘online competition’.
The federal government’s planned website blocking regime continues to draw vigorous debate from opponents and supporters of the introduction of the measures through use of the proposed copyright online infringement legislation.
The Coalition has dropped a policy bombshell on the eve of the election, announcing it will implement an opt-out Internet filter if it wins government. Then within hours the leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Broadband Minister hastily retracted the proposed policy.
An opt-in pornography filter praised this week by British Prime Minister David Cameron is controlled by controversial Chinese firm Huawei, according to new reports.
Communication minister Senator Stephen Conroy has dropped his controversial mandatory Internet filter. It will be replaced by a more limited system where ISPs will be asked to block offending websites, based on an Interpol list.
On early results, it seems that the new Australian Federal Parliament will have around 72 or 73 seats for each of the two major parties and the remaining 5 seats spread across independents and The Greens. Where does this leave tech in Australia?
With the Greens and Coalition having said they will kill Labor's proposed mandatory internet filter - regardless of Saturday's poll - simple Senate mathematics tells you the controversial plan is destined to whither and fade to a distant memory.
Any hope that a returned Gillard Labor Government will implement mandatory ISP-level internet filtering has further diminished with the Greens rejecting the proposal as part of its cyber safety election policy
Tony Smith must be a little miffed that shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey took it on himself to announce Coalition policy on the internet filter.
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey says the Coalition would dump the Government's controversial mandatory internet filter plan and instead revert to the Howard Government policy of making free end-user filters available to parents.
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