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Tuesday, 07 April 2009 08:06

Heaven for the Filter Crowd

So, you wondered how the ACMA was going to stop WikiLeaks being the publisher-of-choice for the latest version of the 'blacklist?' Wonder no more.

This morning's announcement that the Federal Government was going to be the installer and manager of the son-of-NBN, a fibre-to-the-premises roll-out for 90% of the country's population, means that they will be the ISP of choice for a large majority of the population.  Choice in this context being very loosely defined.

I'm not sure what this means for existing ADSL and Cable infrastructure – perhaps Optus and Foxtel will finally tear down their cables.  Naw…

However, what it will mean is that the ACMA will have a well-defined, well-secured place to put their internet filters.  A place where no-one outside of government can access and leaks will be much less likely.  This will clearly permit a blacklist with essentially ZERO scrutiny.

As we know, there are trade-offs everywhere.  As the fibre network offers increased speed, so the filters will take it away again.  If they’re careful, we will never notice the loss.

It's the catch-cry of a generation.  Just think of the children adults.


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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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