Senator Conway has recently released an explanatory letter indicating that the Federal Government is determined to introduce legislation requiring all Australian ISPs to filter out restricted content (RC).
The release indicates that research including that conducted by Telstra, confirms that filtering is 100% effective on restricted URLs and that the impact on Internet speed is negligible even though some industry sources have said otherwise.
Contrary to some press reports Senator Conway points out that in a number of European countries including United Kingdom as well as Canada a number of ISPs have voluntarily introduced ISP filtering for RC material. Germany has passed legislation for its introduction.
He does concede that technical users may be able to usurp the restrictions.
Is this the thin edge of the censorship wedge?