Open forum: the internet filter

Julia Gillard said today she isn’t budging on dropping the unpopular internet filter, saying it is a moral judgment the government needs to make.  Under the plan:
all Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Australia would be required to use a filter to block sites that are refused classification by the The Australian Communications and Media Authority, including child sexual abuse imagery, bestiality, sexual violence, detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use and material that advocates the doing of a terrorist act.

Despite this positive aspect of the plan, it is unlikely be supported by the coalition and the Greens.  It certainly hasn’t been widely applauded throughout the blogosphere, either.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with it as I’m not a viewer of the imagery that the Government wants to block me from watching.  But I also believe that if people want to watch something that I and the wider community consider repulsive then that’s their prerogative.

It’s akin to the MSM telling its readers that blogs should be avoided, simply because they don’t like them.

Because I spend a great deal of time on the blogosphere I have only heard the opponent’s side of the argument, primarily which have been about a person’s freedom of choice, and the suspicion that the filter will decrease internet speeds.

Today I asked the opinions of those who do not visit or contribute to the blogosphere and I was mildly surprised at their support of the plan.  Mind you, these people have young or teenage children, so I can accept their concerns.

After a quick walk around the internet this evening I’m further surprised to observe that the wider community also support the plan.  There are countless number of polls on the topic.  I liked this one.

80% of people said they were in favour of “having a mandatory Government Internet filter that would automatically block all access in Australia, to overseas websites containing material that is Refused Classification.

Are you surprised?  Let’s thrash it out.