Feeds

First Australian ISPs launch Interpol internet filter

CyberOne, Telstra lock the gates

Remote control for virtualized desktops

While debate rages over Telstra and Optus announcing their filtering plans, CyberOne in Canberra has jumped the industry. On Friday, it started filtering its TransACT-connected clients against the Interpol blacklist.

A voluntary industry code of practice for ISPs in Australia aims to disrupt the activities of child pornographers and will rely on a blocklist compiled and supplied by Interpol, in cooperation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

CyberOne founder Maciej Mikrut said the company was “very happy that we can do something to disrupt the activities of child pornographers and we believe that the enormous amount of work that Interpol has put into creating this very accurate worst-of-the-worst filter list is a great step forward.”

ContentKeeper Technologies, an Australian filtering specialist, has worked with Interpol since last year to launch the filter into the country.

Unlike other filtering proposals, the Interpol approach addresses filtering at the domain level. The aim is to keep ISPs active in the self regulation of their own clients. “There is a big incentive to big hosting providers to keep them honest and to get that stuff off their hosting site,” ContentKeeper CTO Mark Riley told The Register.

“We have been pretty vocal in opposition to mandatory filtering. At a political level we don’t think it’s a good idea due to things like bracket creep and external influence on what would be put on the list from special interest groups. But voluntary filtering makes the whole thing more attractive and turns it into something that is beyond corruption in terms of political interest.”

ContentKeeper has created a package for ISPs internationally who want to join the voluntary filtering initiative. ContentKeeper provides the appliance hardware which implements the Interpol database and also supplies the required Interpol block page. ISPs can then activate the full range of filtering facilities at any time on a subscription-based model.

Last Monday the Internet Industry Association revealed details of the framework behind the code relating to child abuse materials.

"We anticipate that we will have ISPs representing between 80-90 per cent of the Australian user base complying with the scheme this year," said IIA's chief executive Peter Coroneos.

"We have considered the alternatives and have come to the view that a voluntary industry code by which ISPs agree to block child pornography sites once notified by the police is the best way forward. This move will bring Australia into alignment with Scandinavia and Europe.”

Telstra also reported to have activated its filter over the weekend, according to this report. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.