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Tech Talk Radio Show 10 of 2010
Transmission date: March 8, 2010
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Ep 10 of 2010
March 8, 2010

This week, a new internet survey by Whirlpool Australia’s leading internet forum, highlights the underlying thoughts of Australian internet users when it comes to Conroy’s controversial internet filter, which, if surveys are to be believed, could be the undoing of the Rudd government at the Federal election at the end of this year.

According to Whirlpool’s website, The survey was conducted over a four week period — from 1 January to 1 February 2010, during which it was successfully completed and verified a total of 23,683 times.

The results show a significant opposition to the government's ISP filtering plan, with only 7.4% indicating support. It also reveals that over 90% of respondents believe they could easily circumvent the filter if it was in place. The survey also covers consumers' attitudes on a wide variety of topics relating to their choice of broadband ISP and hardware which will be discussed at length on today’s show.

The survey also revealed that education is paramount to online safety. Educating parents about the perils of the online world should be the government’s main priority even above educating children. Parents are responsible for what their children say and do online, and greater emphasis needs to be placed on getting parents to learn and share with their kids online, regardless of whether they are or are not internet savvy. Surfing the web should be a family affair, not just left to the unsupervised computer in the study.


Dr Ron also took to the streets this week and made his way to the State Library of Victoria, (pictured above) which is located at the northern end of the Melbourne CBD for the Open internet Rally.

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