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Censorship coming to a kiwi computer near you?
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 19:27. | Tags Filed under: News.

Just found this on Slashdot: a proposal to create "code of conduct" for ISPs in New Zealand. The paper was presented to the New Zealand House of Representatives, and it's title "Inquiry into the Operation of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993, and related issues".

"An effective way to police objectionable material emanating from outside New Zealand would be to place obligations on Internet Service Providers that operate in New Zealand. We consider this could be achieved by the Government, in partnership with the ISPs, by developing a code of practice for ISPs. We consider, as a first step, industry compliance with a code of practice should be on a voluntary basis, but if necessary we would support legislation to enforce compliance by the ISPs."

"Given the ease with which ISPs can enter and exit the market, we consider the Government needs to examine whether ISPs should be licensed or registered in order to control their behaviour."

"An American study of website content found that 3.8 percent of sites carry graphic sexual or violent content.35 At the time this report was written, a popular search engine, such as could search approximately 2.5 billion web pages. An estimate based on those two figures would suggest that some 65 million web pages might have graphic sexual or violent content. This figure is only an estimate, but it indicates that classifying Internet content would be impractical due to the volume of material available."

The download link below is for the pdf version of this report. The discussion is going long at Slashdot now...

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