Universities | Schools | Libraries
Unconfirmed report (October 2001):
Thought you might be interested that UTS has started to content filter its entire network. The filtering is done by Websense and includes 'adult' content such as say www.fhm.com and hacking content such as www.2600.org. Of course it's also blocking content such as www.sexualhealth.com (a site I've never actually been to, so don't really know what the content is like) and www.sexualitydata.com/ but not sites such as sexhealth.org.
About a month ago here at the University of New England all of the alt.* hierachy was removed from the news servers. Not just the alt.sex.* or alt.binaries.*, ALL of them. The rational was based on cost, volume of traffic, academic use of facilities, and that it was easier to cut all of the groups than some of them. I still get a few articles filtering through for a couple of alt.* groups, but, as someone has already said, this could be due to crossposting causing the articles to appear in their original groups. (report from aus.censorship)Comment: can it really be argued that there's no academic value in alt.books.reviews, alt.culture.internet, alt.history.what-if, alt.fan.noam-chomsky, alt.fan.shostakovich, alt.books.technical, ... not to mention alt.education.distance and alt.comp.acad-freedom.talk?
13.No information stored on University systems or transmitted from University systems is to be encrypted unless the written approval of the Head of Department or section has been obtained and the Head of Department is provided with the encryption key. The Head of Department may give blanket approval for designated staff members to encrypt information for specific purposes (eg. examination questions).Comment: they were obviously having too much fun reading peoples' email!
Users of the IT Services dial-in service may not connect to certain proscribed services. The services are notified in the Campus Information Service. Proscribed services include Internet Relay Chat, Multi User Dungeons and Dragons services (MUDs) and other games. This restriction applies at all times.
Many universities seem less worried about preventing access to external information than about supressing internal criticism and dissent:
Most Australian schools have both some form of net access and some form of access control. Different states and individual schools have connected via different ISPs and used different filtering systems, so the situtation is complex. If you are a teacher, a student, or a parent, we would like to know what your school is doing and how well it works.
While filtering in libraries is the subject of debates in the United States, it doesn't seem to be that big an issue here. This may change... apparently some Australian libraries are using censorware.
Internet Censorship in Australia << Danny Yee