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Friday, 15 January 2010 07:37

An open question to Sen. Conroy

On many occasions, Senator Conroy the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has stressed that his proposed Internet Filter will "protect the children."

As a concerned parent, taxpayer and journalist, I have a very simple question to ask Senator Conroy: 

Sir, in what way would your proposed filter have assisted in catching this person?  Man charged with grooming child for sex.

According to the report, this person believed he was grooming a 15 year old girl for sex via an Internet chat room.  Unfortunately for this particular perpetrator, the girl was in fact a police person masquerading as a potential victim.

There is NOTHING the filter could do to assist in detecting and apprehending such people.  In fact money spent on such a filter will reduce the ability of real police to do real police work.  After all, the money has to come from somewhere; why not a related activity.

Sir, would you please stop this insanity and abandon your filter proposal.

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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

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