• iiNet says the filter is “ideological” and “political”

    Mar 25 2010, 10:58

    Computerworld reports that iiNet ‘s chief regulatory officer, Stephen Dalby, criticised the Federal Government’s mandatory ISP-level filter when explaining why iiNet did make a submission on measures to increase accountability and transparency for Refused Classification material:

    iiNet’s chief regulatory officer, Stephen Dalby, said the ISP considered the large number of voices arguing that ISP-level filtering does not work and does not address the issue protecting children from inappropriate content had fallen of deaf governmental ears.

    “This government has announced it will legislate to introduce filtering regardless of industry and community concern,” Dalby said. “No amount of carefully argued submissions will change an ideological approach aimed at a political objective.”

    The story also says the Government’s timing suggested a lack of sincerity:

    Just four ISPs — Telstra, Optus, WBA and Internode — issued a submission on the discussion paper, with one ISP chief executive officer saying that the timing of the discussion paper — issued in December and closing for comment in February — suggested a lack of sincerity on the Government’s behalf.

    “It’s also worth remembering that governments put out requests for submissions across the Christmas break when they need to (a) claim they consulted the community but (b) have no intention whatsoever of caring what they get back, because if they did, they’d ask when people weren’t on holidays,” the CEO said.

    iiNet’s Dalby said despite not making another formal submission on the issue, the company had, however, referred the government to previous discussions and correspondence going back to the initial announcements about the ISP-level filtering trial.

    “iiNet’s position is well understood by government and is communicated publicly. We don’t support filtering,” Dalby said. “We’ve told the Minister, the Department and the world at large.”

    Read the rest of the story here.