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  1. Would anyone get in trouble if instructions were published that just happened to allow you to get around the filter. Any filter for that matter. It could be called "How to view any web page, any where, any time" or something like that which should be perfectly legal. Because it's no secret (especially to high school students) that if you Google "proxy server" or "proxy server websites" you get a list of totally legal websites that allow you to view any URL you type in. Unless the filter can stop this (probably not) this mandatory filtering scheme was bound to fail before it even begun. Thanks Aussie Government for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars yet again. (oh, and VPNs also get around filters - sheesh, that's two ideas just off the top of my head. Anyone got any more?) Someone please publish these sorts of ideas and educate people, and the government - even though it seems too late for them.

    Comment by Richard Davies on 28 December 2009 at 21:52
  2. I admire the fact that the current campaigns against the great national firewall have been factually based and have not lowered themselves to the an emotive based argument (which clearly the government has). This however may be working negatively against the anti filter debate. One of my points of focus is you can explain to people it won't work because of VPN and Proxy. Which is correct but also means nothing to the average person with minimal internet knowledge. People i know in my own age group don't even know what a VPN or a proxy is. To put that into perspective i study games design at uni, so that is alot of gen Y's. I am just saying how i see it from my perspective and i believe there are more ways to make this argument more mainstream and far more appealing. I do not intend to cause insult to anyone involved in the campaigns against the internet filter. I am just voicing how i have seen the current campaigns received in general by a majority of the people i know.

    Comment by Grant Davidson on 31 December 2009 at 04:49
  3. I understand what you mean Grant. What I'm trying to say is that basically the millions or whatever dollars the government has spent on the filter, the trials, and everything else has been for nothing. It's just been a publicity stunt to make it _look_ like the government can police and prevent child pornography on the Internet, but anyone who wants to can get around the filter. I think the Australian public would be interested in where their tax dollars have been mis-spent on a filter that was _known not to work before they started trials_ and printing flyers or brochures or something that teaches people about proxy websites and/or VPNs in layman's terms does the one thing the government should be doing - educating the public in a realistic way.

    Comment by Richard Davies on 4 January 2010 at 20:10