Fewer than half of New Zealanders are aware that many of the country’s ISPs use an automatic system to filter their internet content, according to a survey published by InternetNZ.
It’s been two years since the introduction of the Department of Internal Affairs’ Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System (DCEFS) – a filtering service that blocks images of child sexual abuse – but only 46% of the 877 survey respondents had heard of the system, and fewer than 9% knew whether or not their ISP was using the opt-in service.
Interestingly, two thirds of respondents supported extending the filter to block access to other material, although more research is required to determine what sort of material this may include.
56% of respondents thought it should be up to them to decide whether their content was filtered; 23% were in favour of the government deciding, and 16% thought it should be in the hands of the ISP.
Opinion was divided around whether internet filtering helps reduce child sexual abuse, with 40% saying it was likely or very likely, and 32% saying it was unlikely or very unlikely.
InternetNZ opposed the DCEFS when it was introduced, claiming it represented the ‘thin end of the wedge’ of content filtering and censorship.
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