The Australian government has given a green light to a controversial plan to filter the internet.
Under new amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act, all internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia must implement mandatory content filtering technology to block material rated “Refused Classification” (RC).
A blacklist maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority will be used as the source of the filter. More worryingly still, ISPs will be eligible to receive grant money from the government if they filter more content than the mandatory blacklist demands.
This dodgy financial enticement means that ISPs could potentially receive money for blocking online gambling sites in Australia. Read more.