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Almost three years ago now, Senator Stephen Conroy stepped up to the plate to deliver a bold new vision. A vision of a filtered, "safer" internet. The plan was met by hostility from internet rights activists, poiticians, internet users, internet service providers and interest groups alike. Tonight, however, the Labor government's proposed mandatory internet filter is dead.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
We've known since mid-year that the ludicrous Internet filter concept was on the backburner pending a classification review. Based on current plans, that means there'll probably be no chance to introduce it before 2013.
We've covered similar territory before, but the post at Gizmodo by Colin Jacobs from the EFA showing five ways any filter can be avoided in two minutes is well worth checking out. What exactly is this plan to create a secret government list of banned sites protecting us from again?
Remember that poll we featured a week or so ago asking if you'd vote for a party which supports the Labor Internet filter? Having run on 17 Australian technology sites, the poll is now closed and the results are clear: virtually no-one wants to vote for the filter.
Gizmodo's Fight The Filter campaign continues to produce great material on why Internet filtering is a bad idea, even if it's been deferred by a year. Today's contribution from SAG-AU member Andy Leyden offers a technical-but-not-confusing explanation of why the planned technology is doomed to failure, no matter when it gets deployed. Well worth a read.
Despite being deferred, mandatory filtering remains a key government policy and one that's likely to feature heavily in tech-centric discussions of the forthcoming election. But will it make a difference to your vote?
Now that Optus has joined the government's controversial mandatory Web filtering trial , a lot more people are potentially going to be included than with the original list of small ISPs. But with Optus offering an opt-out option, the question arises: should you say yes or no if you get asked to participate?
Besieged by spam, reader Nick writes in:
You know how so many spam messages have Chinese or Russian writing in them? Well, what if one sets up a filter in Gmail to remove all messages containing common Chinese or Russian words? I'm trying to do that now, except I don't know Mandarin for "the" — I'm just finding short words.
An undocumented Gmail advanced search operator lets you narrow down messages by language—using lang:Chinese for example—but several readers report the results are inconsistent and often imperfect. Do you filter email based on language? How do you do it? Help Nick out in the comments.