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teh moges writes: I recently received a response from the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, regarding issues I had with the ISP filtering. My comment can be summed up by "Any efficient filter won't be effective and any effective filter won't be efficient". His response clarifies the issue of using the blacklist for censorship:

"...concerns have been raised that filtering a blacklist beyond 10 000 URLs may raise network performance issues... The pilot will therefore seek to also test network performance against a test list of 10 000 URLs... As this test is only being performed to test the impact on network performance against a list of this size, and actual customers are not involved,the make-up of the list is not an issue."

My initial query about the lack of effectiveness of the filter still stands, however it is important that the censorship issue is clarified. It seems, at least for now, that the trial that will begin on December 24th for the "10,000" list is for testing purposes, rather then using a list that will be used later. Still, no information on a guarantee of regulation is provided, so there is still a long way to go before this ISP filtering gains support, especially given Senator Stephen Conroy's lack of ability to answer questions in media conferences.

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