Aussie ISP refuses to filter for child porn -

While many had expected the Aussie ISPs to adopt a “child porn” filter voluntarily, it seems that one important carrier thinks the idea is pants.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald  Telstra, Optus and Primus, which between them represent about 70 percent of Australian internet connections are to voluntarily block child abuse content, with the prospect that others might follow

But one ISP, Internode, says it has significant concerns with administration of the blacklist of child porn URLs used for the voluntary filter, and will not apply it.

Internode's regulatory and corporate affairs manager, John Lindsay, said that the “child porn” list contains a fraction of what would need to be blocked for it to be effective and has already been shown to contain URLs of legal content.

The list of child porn websites is maintained by the government's Australian Communications and Media Authority. It is claimed that it contains web addresses of child abuse imagery obtained from lists maintained by reputable overseas agencies. However it does not.

It also contains links to online poker sites, YouTube links, regular porn sites, and websites of fringe religions. Internode is the country's sixth-largest internet service provider, with about 190,000 customers, but its refusal to voluntarily censor what the government is dubbing “child porn” is a bit of a blow to the government.

If it could get filtering in voluntarily it would not have to make a politically unpopular decision to back the censorship scheme.  It would also classify all the sites it did not like as “child porn” and get away with it.

Australia's third-largest provider, iiNet, was yesterday mulling over whether or not it would participate.