Australian Online Controls Draw Criticism
By Staff
Experts this week stated that plans announced by the Government of Australia to increase its control and censorship of the Internet would lead to a decrease in the speed of downloading.

The recently elected Australian Labour Government led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced plans last week that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to supply ‘clean feeds’ free of porn and online gambling sites. The Government stated that only sites on a blacklist would be blocked and that citizens would be able to opt-out if they wished.

However, IT specialists have stated that, while idealistic, the plan is all but impractical and also conflicts with Rudd's pre-election promise to speed up the Antipodean Internet.

'The Rudd Government campaigned on a platform promising to speed up Australians’ access to the world-wide-web by rolling out broadband around the country,' said Sue Dunlevy from Australian IT.

She stated that the blacklist enlistment of ISPs would have the opposite effect and that the ‘clean feed’ plans would greatly strain and hinder Australia's Internet performance.

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