Source: Renai LeMay, Technology Specatator
The National Broadband Network Company late yesterday confirmed it wouldn’t be implementing the limited filtering scheme being implemented by other Australian telcos, noting that the national network it was constructing was incompatible with the type of technology being used in the filter.
Along with Telstra, Optus has pledged to implement a voluntary filtering framework developed by the ISP industry’s peak representative body, the Internet Industry Association. The filter, which is being seen as a more moderate industry approach developed in reaction to the Federal Government’s much more comprehensive filter scheme, will see the ISPs block a “worst of the worst” list of child pornography sites generated by international police agency Interpol.
However, a NBN Co spokesperson said late yesterday that its network wasn’t compatible with the filter as the filtering took place at a different network layer. “NBN Co is building a layer 2 open access network moving bits of data from a premises to a Point of Interconnect,” the spokesperson said. “Any internet filtering would need to be implemented at Layer 3.”
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“Facebook could block content in some countries, a Washington lobbyist for the company has said, adding that it has faced uncomfortable positions over ‘too much, maybe, free speech’.
The comments come amid increasing speculation that the company plans to enter the Chinese market, probably in collaboration with a local partner.
‘Maybe we will block content in some countries, but not others,’ Adam Conner told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).’We are occasionally held in uncomfortable positions because now we’re allowing too much, maybe, free speech in countries that haven’t experienced it before.’ ”
From The Guardian
“Activists say Thailand’s prime minister has assured them that proposed legislation tightening restrictions on the Internet will not be rushed into law.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva met Tuesday with concerned Internet users who are demanding that proposed revisions to the already restrictive Computer Crime Act not be finalized without a full public review.”
From The Globe and Mail
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From The Economist
Today Research in Motion (RIM) announced that the company will be blocking access to pornographic website on BlackBerry phones in Indonesia. The freedom of expression advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders has indicated its concern about the efficacy of filtering pornography online. In urging transparency to the Indonesian public, Reporters Without Borders invites Internet users to participate in the Citizen Lab’s Project RIM Check. The Citizen Lab project collects country-based information on how traffic exits the BlackBerry network.
“It may be Japan’s favorite smartphone, but Apple Inc.’s iPhone isn’t above the law. The Internet access law, that is.
A Japanese government panel said Monday it requested Apple’s Japan unit and its sole official distributor Softbank Corp. to improve the iPhone filtering system to prevent users under 18 year old to access unseemly sites.”
“Last week, top-level British government official Ed Vaizey announced his plan to consider blocking all pornography on the Internet in the country. Vaizey, an MP and Britain’s Communications Minister who cited “solutions to protect children” as the primary reason for the new Internet filtering proposal, will meet with British ISPs to discuss plans, one of which includes an opt-in online browsing system. Under this proposal, filters at the ISP-level would be put in place on the Internet to prevent minors from accessing adult content. Adults who want access to the content would fill out a form confirming their age.”
From OpenNet Initiative