Tags: AS | Australia | Internet | Filter

US Diplomat Criticizes Australia's Web Filter

Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 07:18 AM

 

There are ways to police illegal material on the Internet without resorting to a mandatory filter such as the one proposed by Australia's government, a U.S. diplomat says.

The comments by Jeff Bleich, the U.S. ambassador to Australia, to the Australian news program "Q&A" on Monday came barely two weeks after the U.S. State Department expressed concern about the online restrictions, which would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world's democracies.

"The Internet needs to be free," Bleich said. "We have been able to accomplish the goals that Australia has described, which is to capture and prosecute child pornographers ... without having to use Internet filters."

Bleich said Washington was sharing with Canberra other methods of combating illegal content.

Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says the filter would block access to sites that include child pornography, sexual violence and detailed instructions in crime or drug use.

The plan needs the support of Parliament to become law later this year.

Some critics of Australia's proposed filter have said it puts the nation in the same censorship league as China, and Internet giants Google and Yahoo have criticized the plan as heavy-handed.

The U.S. State Department said last month that open Internet access encouraged economic prosperity and the free flow of information.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

WaPo: Obamacare Case Centers On 'What Does Ben Nelson Want'

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 14:50 PM

Former Democrat Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson is at the center of a Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act over t . . .

Al Sharpton's Nonprofit Group in Red With Tax Debt

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 14:26 PM

Taxes woes continue to mount for the nonprofit organization headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, The Smoking Gun reported. < . . .

Surge of Illegals Puts Thousands of Immigration Cases on Hold

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 13:50 PM

The Obama administration is notifying thousands of immigrants awaiting court hearings that their cases have been pushed  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved