Search giant Google has welcomed government's planned review of Refused Classification category guidelines for internet content, but says the proposed mandatory internet filtering plan is still a bad idea.
on 07/09/2010 – Made popular on 07/09/2010
There is nothing the Government said in its announced review of the Refused Classification category of the National Classification Scheme that makes its plan for a mandatory ISP level internet filter any less likely, should it win the election.
The Gillard Government is a step closer to introducing mandatory filtering of Refused Classification content from the internet with the release of a set of accountability and transparency measures that will apply to the policy.
Today's announcement that any implementation of the proposed Internet Filter will be delayed until after the completion of a 12-month review of the "Refused Classification" category has support from Electronic Frontiers Australia, except for the part where it will be revisited after the review.
Written by: Peter Dinham | Published in: Government Tech PolicyAustralia's peak technology experts group, the System Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) - a long-time opponent of the Federal Government’s ISP filter plan - has welcomed the government’s decision to abandon its plan to legislate for mandatory ISP filtering.
The Federal Government remained "absolutely committed" to introducing an internet filter and people should not confuse the just-announced review of the classification system as a policy back down, the Government's Senate leader has told ABC television.
Internet giant Google has changed its search algorithms, which may force Australian organisations to rethink their website content and tweak their online strategies to ensure their business remains visible when internet users search for a particular product or service.
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
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has denied the Government plan to introduce internet filtering legislation was a waste of time or money, despite not having the numbers in the Senate to get it passed.