The European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) has spoken out against ISP internet filtering, saying that it is an ineffective band-aid that leaves illegal material online and in the wild.

EuroISPA has called on the European Parliament to focus instead on permanently removing the material at its source. Forcing ISPs to block access to sites, they point out, leaves the material available to abusers - as it is they, who are most interested in such material, that are also the most capable of circumventing such filters.

Malcolm Hutty, President of EuroISPA, said in part:

Blocking, as an inefficient measure, should be avoided. Law enforcement authorities’ procedures for rapid communication to Internet Hosting Providers of such illegal material must be reviewed and bottlenecks eliminated.

The good news is that the European Parliament are already skeptical of mandatory filtering. Will national governments be so sensible?

Well, clearly not ours. We've been making the point for three years that filtering will do nothing to help children, as it will neither shield them from inappropriate material nor in any way combat the spread of child abuse. If Senator Conroy missed those memos, perhaps he should look to Europe?

7 comments

  1. Hopefully this burst of common sense will be the start of reasoned thinking across all governments.

    Comment by John Boxall on 12 January 2011 at 16:06
    • When will we stop believing that governments care about their constituents, They do not!
      This Internet filter has nothing to do with protecting the children. If we bother to read into the history of the State and its constant attempts to erode our freedom, simultaneously enhancing their power it's obvious that "saving the kiddies" is one of the many covers they use when attempting to limit our freedom of speech as well as many of our other rights.
      Wake up folks the race is on! Since the Internet was established we have seen a rapid growth in the awareness of the population, we are becoming more enlightened with more activists coming to the front. This filter is merely a reaction to that growth in awareness, they are getting worried and if we bother to look we can see many more attempts to crush dissent.
      Many refute this, they fear the truth but they need to put aside this fear and man the barricades otherwise we're responsible for the enslavement of future generations.

      Comment by Tony on 23 January 2011 at 23:09
  2. That's a slightly misleading title. An association of European ISPs has come out with a sensible statement against mandatory internet filtering - let's not celebrate until the European Parliament rejects the idea. After all, they're the ones making the decisions, and given how many EU countries already have filters in place, it won't be an easy battle.

    Comment by Quppa on 12 January 2011 at 23:24
  3. so you've got a commercial alliance of european ISPs lobbying so that they're not required to do something that might cost them $, despite that it may be in the public interest.

    it's no different to the mining industry arguing against a mining tax ....

    Hard to justify when Interpol (who have no commercial interest in the matter) support filtering:
    http://www.interpol.int/Public/ICPO/PressReleases...

    And when you have the Australian ISP industry saying filtering is best practice:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/fra...

    Comment by Malcolm on 14 January 2011 at 18:53
  4. No. No. No. It is much worse than you realise Malcom. I can see that you have used your amazing psychic powers to discern that the real motivation here is "$", and bravo to you for ignoring the numerous other reasons that the ISPs put forward and instead substituting an unmentioned one of your own creating, well done. I must also commend you on your decision to ignore the possibility that some, if not all, of the costs may be taken up by Government subsidies, another wise choice, which I am sure if others had your psychic abilities they would also agree with. But, you have failed to mention the threat above that posed by the ISPs, I am of course speaking of the Illluminate. They, the Illuminate, are the greatest threat to the public interest. They want to eat our children don't you know?

    I urge you all to screw on your tinfoil hats as tightly as possible, then Malcom will make sense to you too.

    And, remember, it's not censorship if Malcom says it is in the public interest!

    Comment by Womp on 14 January 2011 at 23:37
  5. wow, just wow womp....you're batshit crazy.

    Comment by Malcolm on 15 January 2011 at 11:57
  6. Oh no. They've got to you too Malcolm.

    I know it must be the same problem you identified, you didn't mention $, and I certainly have no proof of $, but we don't need those things to know that $ are in play do we Malcolm? They used $ against you didn't they Malcolm? Damn those $s.

    Ignore the $s, Malcolm. Think of the public interest, Malcolm. Think of the public interest. Oh, why wont anyone think of the public interest?

    Comment by Womp on 15 January 2011 at 16:44