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Australian Government sheds away Open source filtering solutions to spend $86 million

You might remember that Barclays has given away free software in a bid to combat fraud and phishing. The software, F-Secure Antivirus is one of the better packages on the market.

Now, the Australian government has announced that it is going to give away free porn filtering software to all the country's family, spending $86 million in the process.

Beyond the fact that filtering software are far from being perfect and therefore could end up being ineffective, the Australian government could have used this money to finance an open source replacement or better still, a free DVD containing open source software to all families in Australia.

There are at least seven projects that fall in the ‘parental control’ category on Sourceforge. The parental control suit of applications control and monitors a child access whereas easyOS is actually a visually attractive front end for Windows XP.

PHPBrowser and the Secure Internet Connection are also worthy candidates for the $86 million project. Obviously, the best solution might be to get the Australians themselves to check all of them and decide which one suits their needs.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.