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Remember the Cyber-Safety Help Button? You might remember it as Conroy's Big Red Button that when pushed, directed kids to a website that told them how to stay safe online. It was a poorly thought out initiative to say the least, but wait until you hear what the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy did next.


Late last week I was perusing the Coalition's plan for child safety online. It's a rigid document that proposes strict plans for pursuing court action against cyberbullies, and a proposal that would see age-appropriateness ratings and classifications slapped onto mobile phone products. Respectfully, I would like to label this plan as a load of tosh. I liked Australia better when our politicians didn't care about technology. Here's why.


One of the joys of being a contractor is the freedom to work from the comfort of your own home, or local cafe, or other random location, without having to commute to an office. And that sense of freedom is something that Comms minister Stephen Conroy was trying to teach to businesses as he announced National Telework week for later this year.


Just before the election the government's proposed internet filter was postponed until next year, in what was widely regarded as a quick and easy way for the government to kill off a controversial election topic. But it didn't die. Now John Hilvert at ITNews is reporting that a strategy brief from the DBCDE is stating that the legislation couldn't be introduced to parliament until the middle of 2013.


There are only two more sleeps until we all hunch over our cardboard cubicles and scrawl numbers on a sheet of paper to determine who will lead the country for the next few years. And while the internet filter may not be as big a concern given the Coalition's position on blocking any filter legislation, it's still part of Labor's policy and something you'll need to think about as you head to the polls. If you need a refresher of why internet filtering is a bad idea, look no further.