October 15, 2008

Dear Steve Conroy,



You can’t be serious.




You wants to filter all Internet connections now, without the option of opting out?! You want every Australian to be on a list so you can see who is “naughty” and who isn’t?!




You can’t be serious.




You wants to filter all illegal material on the Internet?!




You can’t be serious.




How on earth do you propose to classify the contents of more than 181,000,000 websites (Sept. 2008, Netcraft)!? Assuming a government worker can classify a site as illegal or legal in 1 minute, that person will have to work non-stop every day for 344 years to classify 181,000,000 websites.




You can’t be serious.




How on earth do you propose to even filter that many sites without rendering the Internet useless?!  




You can’t be serious.




How can we be sure the site blocked really is illegal, when we can’t access it!? How do you stop the system from abused? How do you correct the system’s mistakes? Why isn’t any of these described in detail?!




You can’t be serious.




How on earth are you planning on preventing people from circumventing your flitters using encryption?!



You can’t be serious.




Get a fucking clue Steve Conroy. The Internet doesn’t work like that. You have a background in the broadcast industry, and the Internet is nothing like it. You should leave technical decisions to people who know what they are talking about and stop pissing off every Internet literate Australian.






DIAF,

Steve