Danny Yee >> Internet Censorship in Australia

Civil Liberties and Intellectual Freedoms in Education

Universities | Schools | Libraries


Unconfirmed report (October 2001):

Thought you might be interested that UTS has started to content filter its entire network. The filtering is done by Websense and includes 'adult' content such as say www.fhm.com and hacking content such as www.2600.org. Of course it's also blocking content such as www.sexualhealth.com (a site I've never actually been to, so don't really know what the content is like) and www.sexualitydata.com/ but not sites such as sexhealth.org.


Many universities seem less worried about preventing access to external information than about supressing internal criticism and dissent:

Other interesting sites:


Most Australian schools have both some form of net access and some form of access control. Different states and individual schools have connected via different ISPs and used different filtering systems, so the situtation is complex. If you are a teacher, a student, or a parent, we would like to know what your school is doing and how well it works.

Most of these support the use of filtering systems. For alternative views, see: Not directly related to online issues is the selection of texts for English courses, which is a common source of controversy.


While filtering in libraries is the subject of debates in the United States, it doesn't seem to be that big an issue here. This may change... apparently some Australian libraries are using censorware.

The censorware-in-libraries debate in the United States

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