Australian IT reports this morning that live ISP Filtering trials are set to commence after next month. Expressions of interest will be sought from ISPs during October.
The Government will seek expressions of interest in the second half of October for ISPs to participate in live trials, a spokesperson for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said.
About $49 million of the allocation has been slated for online law enforcement, but it remains unclear how much has been set aside solely for web filtering, as the budget includes research, international collaboration and education programs.
But the actual cost of internet censorship to taxpayers has yet to be quantified.
Some industry observers believe internet users, not ISPs, could be forced to subsidise the program, with early estimates pointing to $60 million a year.
posted by Michael Meloni