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EFA launches 'No Internet Censorship for Australia' campaign

10 June, 2008
By Allison Orr

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has launched a new website opposing the government’s plans for filtering the Internet, called NoCleanFeed.com.

The new Rudd government has put forward new measures that will make it mandatory for all Internet service providers (ISPs) to provide a "clean feed" to houses and schools – a filtered stream that is free of pornography and other inappropriate material.

EFA is against this initiative, calling it a "technically impractical and democratically unworkable solution", saying it will slow down and increase costs of home Internet access.  They also argue that most Australian homes do not have young children, so mandating a clean feed for all houses is not in the public interest.  They further argue that there is just too much content available on the Internet, and that the ability to classify and filter millions of Internet pages is next to impossible, and therefore the time and money could be spent on better ways to protect children.

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