[AusNOG] Happy new year / New rules forage-restricted internetand mobile content after the 20th ofjanuary 2008

Mark Newton newton at internode.com.au
Sun Jan 13 13:44:08 EST 2008

On 13/01/2008, at 12:57 PM, Curtis Bayne wrote:
> Just to keep the discussion alive - I found this article floating  
> around today.
> http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,23021828-15306,00.html
> QUOTE: "IT is beyond belief that some representatives of the  
> Australian internet service provider industry are reluctant to  
> install filters that would prevent access to child pornography."

And just to keep everyone adequately cynical, the author of that article
also said this in an email message to Paul Raj Khangure:

> ----- Forwarded message from Bernadette McMenamin  
> <bernmmc at bigpond.com> -----
> From: "Bernadette McMenamin" <bernmmc at bigpond.com>
> Subject:
> To: <prk at digitaljunkie.net>
> Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:39:42 +1100
> X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.3138
> Message-ID: <000601c8528a$6d7381b0$0200000a at bernadette>
> Dear Paul, Thanks for your comments. I do appreciate other opinions  
> and
> I hope that you do as well. I certainly do want to  stop the sexual
> abuse of children and have been working on this issue for over 25  
> years.
> My comments were meant to be provocative to garner the opinions of
> people out there both for and against. To tell you the truth I dont
> beleive that ISP filtering will be totally effective but it may reduce
> access to child  p*rn. Of course I know there are other ways around  
> this
> as well. But I think the debate is healthy and worthwhile and maybe
> together as an IT expert and child protection specialists we can  
> come up
> with a workable solution. I dont support the current govt  
> intitiative to
> ban p*rn sites as I believe people havea right to view these. I am  
> just
> desperately trying to find way to reduce child  p*rn proliferation and
> any attempt for me is a good attempt. If it doesnt work then it doesnt
> work and go back to square 1.  anyway thanks for your feedback
> Bernadette
> ----- End forwarded message -----

(and she actually gave her permission for the mail to be forwarded)

Summary:  Even she doesn't believe what she wrote in her own article,
and doesn't support the Government's position.  She's just part of
the rhetoric machine that's being used to push this issue in the
public sphere.

Betcha The Australian won't print that, eh?

   - mark

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