CeBIT 2010 delegates talk net filtering, NBN and R18+ games

The IT community has blasted the Federal Government's proposed mandatory Internet filter, and remains cautious but warm to the $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN).

interviewed delegates perusing the floor at the CeBIT 2010 technology conference in Sydney this week to canvas opinion on the benefits, drawbacks and relevance of , , a , and .

The technologically aware public is both cynical and bemused by the move to filter the nation's Internet, according to responses from CeBIT delegates.

Under the plan, the Federal Government would mandate all Internet service providers (ISPs) install web filters to remove online material that the regulator has refused classification, including content deemed too violent, pornographic or abusive.

All interviewed delegates said the plan will fail in its goals due technology loopholes such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

"It's inappropriate and will be ineffective. It's the parent's responsibility to control children's exposure to content online - I wasn't allowed a computer in my room as a child. A really badly implemented filter won't protect everyone in the country," delegate Douglas Lawrence-Plant said.