It’ll use an application “originally developed by Sweden’s NetClean, then customised by the DIA” and has been available to ISPs since March this year, says IT News.
Telecom NZ has “agreed to block access to websites known to contain child sexual abuse material using filter software funded by the New Zealand Government”, it says.
And “Vodafone says it is working closely with Internal Affairs on implementing the DIA [Department of Internal Affairs] filter and is behind the concept”, says the National Business Review.
The company was “testing the filter to ensure it actually worked correctly and it doesn’t ‘negatively impact’ other services”, the story has a spokesman stating. “Once those boxes are ticked, Vodafone expects to turn it on”, it says.
But “Orcon said it has no plans to implement the filter.”
About 500 websites are already on the filter list “and several thousands more are to be examined”, says the story.
However, “Tech Liberty spokesman Thomas Beagle said Telecom’s involvement in the DIA’s kiddy porn filter is a slippery slope”, says National Business Review, continuing >>>
While not supportive of the practice, Mr Beagle said the Department of Internal Affairs’ Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System and Telecom’s announcement today that it was joining it, was disappointing.
“This is just a government censorship scheme for the internet,” he said.
“Once a system is in place, what can be added to it?”
“The Censorship Compliance Unit in the Department of Internal Affairs has developed a large database of sites (the filtering list) offering child sexual abuse material”, says the Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System Code of Practice, published in January, stating >>>
The filtering list is compiled from the following sources:
- intelligence obtained through partnerships with national and overseas enforcement agencies that work on combating the trade in child sexual abuse material;
- the Department’s forensic examination of computers seized during the investigation and prosecution of offences in this country;
- an online reporting facility for child sexual abuse images called Child Alert that has been launched by End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking in Children (ECPAT NZ); and
- reports of illegal content made directly to the Department by members of the public.
- 4.2 Where clarification is needed as to whether a website contains images of child sexual abuse, the images in question shall be submitted to the Office of Film and Literature Classification for a classification.
- 4.3 The list will be reviewed monthly, to ensure that it is up to date and that the possibility of false positives is removed. Inspectors of Publications will examine each site to ensure that it continues to meet the criteria for inclusion on the filtering list.
The Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, funded with $150,000 in 2009, “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”, says the DIA.
Maxnet, Watchdog, TelstraClear and Xtreme ISPs are also using the system, says National Business Review.
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