Senator Coonan is obviously clueless about the intarwebs.
One teck-nee-cal term Coonan needs to become familiar with in a great big hurry is ‘proxy server.’ Anywhere there is a computer connected to the web, there can be a proxy server relaying traffic- and proxies can be set up literally on a moment’s notice.
Absent one being able to set up a proxy (or use one of the squillions already online belonging to someone else), there’s always ‘onion routing,’ which relies on several relay paths to connect a browser to a server. Tor is an onion router which bounces packets through a random matrix of Tor servers so the web browser isn’t connecting directly to the target website, rather through several ‘layers of the onion.’ Tor is a small application which runs on the browsing PC, available for free download. Coonan better get busy banning all those Tor servers- there’s thousands.
The only way Coonan will be able to effectively block Australians from browsing non-Australian sites she doesn’t like is to cut the trans-Pacific cables as they head out to sea- and shoot down all the direct-to-user satellites.
They’re not making them any smarter down in Canberra, are they?
And they’re STILL no smarter, a change of government later.
Tweens, teenagers and paedophiles alike will be around Conroy’s filters, quite literally before you can say “candy, little girl?”
Bad parents try to save kids from drowning by banning water- good parents teach them how to swim.
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