Internet Life Down Under Changing in ’08

Come January 20, the Aussie’s will be following new government mandates for Internet content which require age verification for mature and adult-oriented material.

Admittedly I’m not completely up to speed on the issues in Australia but this article says that:

“Australia has long carried a reputation for having one of the most restrictive censorship protocols in the western world.”

Whether you agree or not with their censorship practices, this decision is very interesting (and positive) for a few reasons. First, it shows that an infrastructure can be put into place that includes age verification to grant access to mature content. And also that the citizens of Australia have embraced the need to protect kids and can have a higher level of confidence in what their children have access to online.

I’m curious to watch how this will progress and see if any other countries follow suit.

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