Google fights Australian calls for net regulation

Censorship mad Australian politicians are trying to back a daft report which calls for the Internet to be regulated like TV.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Google is trying to fight the plan which is built on the much disgraced censorship filter.

Google Australia’s head of public policy and government affairs, Iarla Flynn, said it was ”not clear” how any regulation could be imposed on internet content without the rejected filter.

Even then there is no case for regulating online media, and the search engine can’t work out how the one-size-fits-all model that the convergence review is proposing would work in real life.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, who was apparently a bit miffed when its Chinese style Rabbit Proof Fence net filter was quietly shelved as being far too silly, appears to think that repackaging it as “television style regulation” is the way forward.

He confirmed this week that his plan to police the internet was still on the cards, and the government would work out the technology once it had an Australian Law Reform Commission report on the national classification scheme. Once again he fails to see that the law has to work around what is technologically possible and not the other way around.

Senator Conroy claimed several internet service providers (ISPs), including Telstra and Optus, were filtering content, blocking ”illicit child abuse matter” based on a list compiled by Interpol.

But the problem has never been child abuse sites, but rather other things that the Aussie government wanted on the list.