Australia plans to introduce an internet filtering system to block obscene and crime-linked web sites, despite concerns it will curtail freedoms and won't completely work, reports the Associated Press. Adopting a mandatory screening system would make Australia one of the strictest internet regulators among the world's democracies. The Australian government on Dec. 15 said it will introduce legislation next year to implement a national filtering system to help protect Australians, especially children, from harmful material on the web--but critics say it will not prevent determined users from sharing such content and could lead to unwarranted censorship by overzealous officials. Communication...

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