According to IT Wire, New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, told the 2009 eCrime Symposium in Sydney on Tuesday that ‘…filters and blocking mechanisms, ultimately in a society like ours, would have only limited if any success.’

IT Wire reports that Cowdery thinks the Federal Government’s ISP-level internet filtering plan is impractical and is skeptical of any mandatory filtering plan designed to protect net users.

Nicholas Cowdery AM QC has been the Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW since 1994. He is a past President of the International Association of Prosecutors and was the inaugural Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.

Cowdery’s damning comments come just days after Senator Conroy’s office announced that the DBCDE would prepare the report on Internet filtering trials currently underway, based on data collected by Enex TestLab. Managing Director of Enex TestLab, Matt Tett, said that due to a non-disclosure between them and the Government, the lab is not permitted to release its findings to the public via any other conduit than the DBCDE.