The Australian government announced last week that a 5-year scheme to implement mandatory filters blocking child pornography and disagreeable content.

Critics of the proposals voiced concerns about the potential for Australia to enter the same arena of censorship as the likes of China. The filter would certainly have put Australia ahead of the U.S, which carries some of the strictest internet filters in the democratic world.

Australian Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, announced that ISPs will instead be required to block around 1,400 websites related to child abuse. The sites have been chosen with the assistance of Interpol.

"We've actually reached agreement with the industry to block child pornography and we think that is a significant step forward."

UK gadget company, Money4Machines helps UK customers to sell mobile phones and unwanted gadgets at the best sell for cash online rates. They say many of the concerns with the original plan revolved around the government retaining too much power to control internet content.

"The problem with child abuse-related content is that much of it isn’t stored on the open web. A national web filter like the one planned would be unlikely to have the effect expected by advocates of the scheme."

Supporters of the internet anti-censorship movement said abandoning the filtering scheme should be viewed as a victory for common sense.

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