The Australian government decided to block all peer-to-peer (P2P) and Bit Torrent traffic, an Australian news site reported yesterday.
At first, the controversial restriction proposal was thought to be meant for some particular certain Web traffic and internationally-hosted content that violate Australian regulation (sites that contain child pornography and also’terrorist’ websites).
Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy said on his department’s blog, “Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be tested in the live pilot trial.”
However, the public didn’t take too well Conroy’s zeal and his intentions and on the Digital Economy Future Directions blog launched by minister in December, people expressed their clear-cut disapproval of these controlling ambitions.
“I’m aware that this proposal has attracted significant debate and criticism – on this blog and at other places in the blogosphere,” Senator Conroy commented.
Such measures as blocking p2p and BitTorrent traffic could cause a significant increase in Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers and widespread embracing of other encrypted protocols such as Secure Shell (SSH). However, if things go further and the Australian government extends its blocking on them too, this will mean the end for a lot of commercial websites and online businesses that contribute to the country’s economy.
You can read the full blog post clicking the link below:
Minister Conroy on: Promoting a civil and confident society online