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Tuesday, 02 February 2010 12:37

NZ FOSS folk say net flter a bad idea

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Senior free and open source software figures in New Zealand have expressed reservations about the government's plan to impose a centralised internet filter that it claims will block access to child pornography.

As reported on iTWire earlier today, ISPs will have the option of joining the scheme which has been strongly opposed by InternetNZ, the group that oversees the internet in the country and manages the .nz domain space among other things.

Don Christie, the president of the New Zealand Open Source Society, the umbrella organisation for FOSS in the country, said that while he was not really across the issue, "InternetNZ are generally very sound on these topics and the NZOSS would generally follow their lead."

He said that due to to de-peering by Telecom and Telstra in 2004 the country's internet infrastructure was pretty appalling. "Businesses trying to reach a NZ audience in any meaningful way are quite stuffed, many being forced to host in the USA rather then closer to their clients."

Christie said that given this situation, anything that added further latency to the infrastructure was "likely to have an even more chilling effect on our ICT economy, which is a bad thing".

Andrew McMillan, one of the founders of CatalystIT, the country's biggest open source company, said: "I'm against it, because of the seemingly endless amounts of legitimate content which ends up being blocked by such content filters.

"It becomes easy to complain about content, but once filtered it can become very difficult to un-complain."

McMillan said that while he had not reviewed the NZ proposal in great detail, he believed that it had at least one advantage over the Australian proposal: it was optional for ISPs to apply the filtering. 

But he said this did not make it a suitable step. "I don't think that optionality is at the right level though - were I able to quote a legal right in order to opt out of the filtering for my own account with an ISP then I would be happier with the prospect of filtering happening 'in general' as a default."

The head of a Christchurch-based FOSS company also disagreed with the government's move. David Lane, director of egressive, said: "National internet filters are fundamentally a bad idea. They only act as an impediment for people making innocent use of the internet. Anybody with half a clue can circumvent them. It's a simplistic reactionary response without technical merit."

He said that adding compliance requirements - voluntary or not - on ISPs was also attacking the messenger. "It will result in PR-focused 'we stop child pornography' from a few ISPs that will pressure smarter non-participants into taking part as well, even though they'll know it's a lost cause.

Lane said the government proposal would add barriers for everyone, "stopping none of the really bad eggs and, as a by-product, would  give the government new powers that governments aren't fit to handle. Even though the current NZ plan is far more palatable than the Australian plan, it's still pointless... and the next government may not be as trustworthy".

He likened it to the "security theatre" surrounding airline travel. "It's just for show - to make it look like the government is 'doing something'. But all it does is inconvenience everyone, make a few pork-barrel security contractors rich, and forces the anti-social criminal element into using different and much harder-to-filter channels."

Lane added: "Ultimately, innocent citizens will be inconvenienced or thwarted from innocent activities, it will come out of the average person's pocket in taxes and ISP charges, it won't work at all for its primary purpose, and it will confer on the government the power and an infrastructure with which to censor - creating a temptation which no government in history, no matter how idealistic, has been able to withstand."

The New Zealand government has said it would make available the filter, which was announced in July last year, during the next few months.
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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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