There are filters available to ISPs that allow them to block websites that have images or content which exploits children (child sex abuse images, aka ‘child pornography’).
Why we care
Because the Internet should be open. While we are generally opposed to filtering content, we believe that the immense harm of child exploitation can justify filtering out images and other content of child exploitation. Some New Zealanders will want to use the filter to protect their families and children from harmful content, others will object on principle to their ISP filtering their Internet traffic. We think that, whether or not you agree with filtering, you should be able to make an informed choice to select an ISP that fits with your views.
Why should you care?
New Zealand’s Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System (DCEFS), administered by the Department of Internal Affairs, represents a compromise between outright censorship and allowing the proliferation of these images to continue. It is an opt-in partnership with independent oversight from ISPs, and it is only ever permitted to be used for blocking child exploitation imagery and associated websites. If the filter is something you want to have, you should know which ISPs are using it.
None of the ISPs websites have this information on their sites. Instead, we report whether or not the ISP is recognised by the Department of Internal Affairs as using the DCEFS: http://www.dia.govt.nz/Censorship-DCEFS-Internet-Service-Providers