Overall I’ve been very impressed with the Rudd government. On this issue however, I am strongly opposed. The government want to filter our internet, in two tiers. As someone who has worked in the ISP sector for almost a decade I am aware of the impact this will have on our already backwards infrastructure. It will place an undue burden on all internet service providers and this will undoubtedly fall to the consumer to pay for. The internet is only as fast as it’s weakest link, and the weakest link will be the filters. Furthermore any kind of proxy server creates all manner of issues as cached content (and DNS) can be a troubleshooting nightmare for a number of applications.
All of this aside however, is the ideological fallacy that the filter is there to protect us from ourselves. It is foolish to believe that an internet filter will save us from pedophiles, terrorists and bad taste. All these things will exist regardless and the population will pay the price, as usual, to live in a society that is not as free as the ideology it purports to defend.
Australia already lacks constitutional freedom of speech. Our government has already made regular websites VANISH because it didn’t agree with the authors political view. Is that the kind of democracy we are meant to believe in?
I don’t want your money, or your active support. I just want your acknowledgement that you disagree with the proposed legislation that will firewall our country’s internet access, much like China and other totalitarian governments. It will take 10 seconds to sign the petition at GetUp with your name, email and postcode.