Australian ISPs Impose Voluntary Filters – Which Can Be Dodged By Using Alternative DNS Servers

While many ISPs in Australia have strongly opposed the Australian government’s efforts to impose mandatory filters on the public, a number of ISPs there have started implementing voluntary Internet filters. The filters are primarily aimed at tackling child pornography — with filtered websites provided via an updated list from Interpol. Interestingly, Australian ISP Optus acknowledged concerns that it’s not very difficult to get around their filters — the ISP stating that users simply have to use different DNS servers to avoid the blacklist. “It s a feature of the Interpol list,” says the ISP. Electronic Frontiers Association spokesperson and board member Stephen Collins calls the filters “security theater.”
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