Update – Xenophon has responded, read below.
My name is Daniel Kinsman. I am a South Australian resident and I am against internet censorship. Recently I was very concerned that, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, you “want the mandatory filters broadened to include the blocking of hard-core pornography and online gambling sites.”
I am a highly qualified computer programmer, working nine to five for a South Australian owned and run technology company. In my spare time I volunteer my skills for the Open Australia website which parses and indexes the Hansard.
In my professional opinion, the idea of trying to filter the internet at the ISP level is absolutely ludicrous. Personally I don’t understand how the people working on the filtering software can honestly believe they will succeed. I suggest you talk to them, not their managers but the programmers on the ground and ask them what they think their chance of success is.
Just take a look at the so called great firewall of China. Despite the countless resources thrown behind it, even they don’t attempt to examine all http content as it comes through.
I pay my taxes every year, please don’t waste them.
Ultimately, even though the filtering will not work, the mere attempt to curtail my rights and freedoms is abhorrent. You have no right to judge what content is appropriate for me to view. That is not why I voted for you in the Senate.
And the response from the Xenophon camp:
Thank you for your email to Nick Xenophon regarding the proposed internet clean feed. Nick appreciates your concerns, and also has concerns that the technology being advocated by the government may not work. There is a real danger based on trials of the technology that have been undertaken that banned sites will get through the filter and sites that were not intended to be banned will be blocked. He will continue to investigate this matter and decide on what he believes is the appropriate course of action in due course.
Thank you for taking the time to write to Nick on this issue.
Correspondence Officer for Nick Xenophon
Independent Senator for South Australia
So while he may share my technical and budgetary concerns, there’s no mention of the censorship issue. Hmmm, let’s wait and see.