NZ internet users take issue with child-porn filter

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 17/07/2009 22:12

Internet service providers will soon begin blocking access to hundreds of websites that are on a secret blacklist compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs, but critics say the system lacks transparency.

The department this week announced its new Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which it said would help fight child sex abuse. The $150,000 software will be provided free of charge to ISPs in a couple of months and will reroute all site requests to Government-owned servers. The software, called Whitebox, 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.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10584982

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Net filtering scheme to block child porn websites [The Dominion Post]
Internet service providers will soon be able to block customers from accessing child pornography websites using "filtering" software bought by Internal Affairs.

The department has spent $150,000 on the software which blocks more than 7000 objectionable websites and will make it available to ISPs within the next few months.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2601365/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/features/technology/2601365/

Controversial new weapon in the war on child abuse announced
A controversial filtering system to block websites that host child sexual abuse images will be available voluntarily to New Zealand internet service providers (ISPs) within a couple of months, Internal Affairs Deputy Secretary, Keith Manch, said yesterday.

The Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which is costing the government $150,000, will be operated by the Department in partnership with ISPs, and will focus on Web sites offering objectionable images of child sexual abuse, which is a serious offence for anyone in New Zealand to access.
http://www.netguide.co.nz/200907161081/new-weapon-in-the-war-on-child-abuse.php

Web filter will focus solely on child sex abuse images
A filtering system to block websites that host child sexual abuse images will be available voluntarily to New Zealand internet service providers (ISPs) within a couple of months, Internal Affairs Deputy Secretary, Keith Manch, said today.

The Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, funded with $150,000 in this year's Budget, will be operated by the Department in partnership with ISPs, and will focus solely on websites offering clearly objectionable images of child sexual abuse, which is a serious offence for anyone in New Zealand to access.
http://www.dia.govt.nz/press.nsf/d77da9b523f12931cc256ac5000d19b6/26bc0621775bbe47cc2575f50010a894

Internet filtering service to block child porn questioned [NZPA]
Internet service providers will soon begin blocking access to hundreds of websites that are on a secret blacklist compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs, but critics say the system lacks transparency.

The department yesterday announced its new Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which it said would help fight child sex abuse.
www.3news.co.nz/News/National/Internet-filtering-service-to-block-child-porn-questioned/tabid/423/articleID/112941/Default.aspx?ArticleID=112941
http://tvnz.co.nz/technology-news/internet-filtering-system-questioned-2850797
http://www.3news.co.nz/ScienceTech/Story/tabid/412/articleID/112859/cat/73/Default.aspx

Do you approve of the Government blocking access to some internet sites?
Internet service providers will soon begin blocking access to hundreds of websites that are on a secret blacklist compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs, but critics say the system lacks transparency.
http://blogs.nzherald.co.nz/blog/your-views/2009/7/16/do-you-approve-government-blocking-access-some-interent-sites/

Questions asked over InternetNZ's censorship stance
Questions are being asked what lobby organisation InternetNZ's stance really is on the new internet filtering system that the Department of Internal Affairs will make available on a voluntary basis to ISPs within a few months.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/scrt/82AB8B0113168519CC2575F50070ACE5

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