“Internet filtering and surveillance, this argument goes, is no more a matter for international decision making than any other domestic policy concern. The nature of the network and its potential uses are irrelevant to the analysis. The Internet is not exceptional”.
J. Zittrain & J. Palfrey, “Internet Filtering: The Politics and Mechanisms of Control” in R. Deibert et al (eds) Access Denied (2008) p 44.
Taking into account the above statement, critically analyse the Australian government’s proposals for introducing ISP-level blocking of RC-rated content. In your answer, please address the following issues:
1. To what extent is it possible to apply offline models of content regulation to Internet content?
2. To what extent is it feasible to introduce ISP-level blocking without adversely affecting the technical performance of the Internet in Australia?
3. To what extent is it legitimate and/or desirable for the Australian government to introduce ISP-level blocking of RC-rated content?
Note: Please use Australian Guide to Legal Citation
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