This may sound a bit strange coming from the person that runs the hpHosts blacklist, but I've never been a fan of either government controlled or ISP controlled, blacklists. Mainly because the user has no choice whether or not to follow such.
Yes we've got the IWF, and yes, I DO actually appreciate and support the work they do, but recent revelations have shown that even they aren't immune from stupid decisions that result in innocent sites being blacklisted, and I dare say, not even I am immune. Occasionally even I make a stupid mistake that results in an innocent site being blacklisted.
The difference is, with hpHosts, the user has a choice. They can just edit the file and disable the block, and/or get in touch with me and it'll usually be removed within 48 hours (depending on where I am at the time).
The government controlled blacklist that is in force in Australia, is absolutely useless, draconian and unworkable (and I dare say, is worse than the Chinese government filter). The only choice the user has here, is to use a proxy system such as Tor, to bypass the filter, which then leaves them with the decision of whether or not to break the law and risk being arrested.
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