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In Australia, Censorship vs. DNS, and Porn As Network Driver 96

Posted by timothy
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daria42 writes "Remember how Australia's planning to censor its Internet? Well, it looks as though the country's second-largest ISP, Optus, has made a stumble right out of the gate. Optus today confirmed you could circumvent its filtering technology simply by setting your PC to use a different DNS server than the default. Yup, it's really that easy. Oops." And why would anyone want to change their DNS settings? angry tapir writes "While the Australian Government has extolled the virtues of its currently under construction National Broadband Network (NBN) in delivering e-health and government agency services to every Australian, adult content will be the major driver of consumer adoption."
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In Australia, Censorship vs. DNS, and Porn As Network Driver

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  • Not for techies (Score:4, Informative)

    by muphin (842524) on Monday July 04, 2011 @05:55PM (#36656212) Homepage
    all the ISP's saying they "voluntarily" apply the mandatory filtering state its easy enough to bypass, doesn't affect P2P traffic, only websites. I'm in Australia and have been using OpenDNS for years. the ISPs DNS servers really do suck and some even use custom error pages.
    Thing is,once the NBN is setup, the gov will have complete control over the data, and where to route it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 04, 2011 @08:18PM (#36656884)

    I read an article from somebody who was the only competent person at the internal meetings for setting up such a censorship in Germany [danisch.de].

    What you all have to know, is that all this censorship "technology" ultimately is an offspring of something a Swedish (I think) company made. And that original thing, which they all drag around to show how "nice" it works, is extremely flawed and utterly idiotic.

    Neither them nor the government they started with, can tell the difference between the WWW, domains, the Internet and IP addresses. To them it's all the same.
    (You have to know that there are usually only lawyers and totalitarian-oriented politicians at those meetings.)

    This goes so far, that if you try to tell them how the Internet works, they look at you with a blank stare and ridicule you. Followed by openly calling you a "troublemaker" who "spreads lies" in their speeches, etc.

    I'm not kidding. That's how it went down in Germany.

    To say they were incompetent, would still be a disgusting insult to the incompetent.

    In the German meetings, it became clear, that it was technically completely impossible, to create such a filter in a proper way. You could either create a completely failing one, like this one, and look good politically... for about a day, before everyone would laugh at you about how much it fails. (In other words: Political suicide.) Or just push the whole project under the rug, and hope you get away with your failure.

    Luckily, because of that one techie among them, they chose to scrape it and tell nobody here in Germany.

    It seems, that Australia went for the political suicide.

    So I say, good luck with that, and good bye! ;))

  • Re:Not for techies (Score:4, Informative)

    by TheRealGrogan (1660825) on Monday July 04, 2011 @09:05PM (#36657062)

    OpenDNS doesn't block anything, if you're just using its DNS servers in place of your ISP's. It's not until you create an account on their web site, add a network and configure the filter settings that it blocks any lookups. You can disable the smart caching, typo corrections, DNS proxying etc. if you register. I choose "none" myself, because I don't want anyone fucking with my name lookups.

    I sure as Hell don't trust an ISP's DNS server to return unaltered results, or to return results quickly for that matter. OpenDNS has been working very well for me, for years and I certainly do look up porn sites.

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