A euthanasia activist is questioning the Government’s motives behind blocking access to objectionable websites.
The new Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System , worth $150,000, will be provided free to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in a couple of months.
The Government said 7000 objectionable sites would be blocked to fight child sex abuse.
The software, called Whitebox, will reroute all site requests to government-owned servers.
It compares users’ site requests with a list of banned links. If a match is found, the request is denied.
It will not cover email, file sharing or borderline material.
Internal Affairs censorship compliance head Steve O’Brien said the blacklist would be personally reviewed by staff each month and would be restricted to paedophilic content only.
The scheme was voluntary for internet service providers, but Telecom, TelstraClear and Vodafone, which represented more than 93 percent of the market, had expressed interest in adopting it.
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