The Australian government plans to test a nationwide web filter that would require internet service providers to block access to thousands of sites containing illegal content, reports the New York Times. The proposed filter is part of an $82 million cyber safety plan begun in May with the goals of protecting children and stopping adults from downloading content that is illegal to possess in Australia, like child pornography or terrorist materials. But the plan has prompted opposition from online advocacy groups and industry experts who say it would slow browsing speeds and do little to block undesirable content. In November,...

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