|National||INTERNET CONTROLS WON'T WORK: CATHOLIC ACADEMIC|
Professor Pamela Gibbons of Australian Catholic University has called for a classification system as an alternative to the proposed government legislation to deal with pornography on the Internet.
Prof. Gibbons, who is Associate Professor of Business and Informatics, says a classification system similar to the one used in television and film is needed to alter consumers to what is contained in the site before they choose to access it.
"At the moment, people are being exposed to things unwittingly," Prof Gibbons said. "Often there is no warning. Our film and television viewing is put on a sliding scale, and there are some things at the extreme ends that are totally removed and banned."
She said the government's proposal to give the Australian Broadcasting Authority power to take action against offensive sites only after a complaint is made means the damage will have already been done.
|11:59am 12/5/99 / Catholic Weekly|