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Gingersnap
12-15-2009, 12:42 PM
Internet censorship plan gets the green light

ASHER MOSES
December 15, 2009 - 11:13PM Comments 297

The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.

But critics, including the online users' lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year's elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of "refused classification" (RC) websites for all Australian internet users.

The blacklist, featuring material such as child sex abuse, sexual violence and instructions on crime, would be compiled using a public complaints mechanism, Government censors and URLs provided by international agencies.

Senator Conroy also released results from a pilot trial of ISP-level internet filters, conducted by Enex Testlab, which he said found that blocking banned material "can be done with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed".

"Most Australians acknowledge that there is some internet material which is not acceptable in any civilised society," he said.

"It is important that all Australians, particularly young children, are protected from this material."

He said about 15 western countries had encouraged or enforced internet filtering, and there was no reason why Australians should not have similar protection.

The Age (http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-censorship-plan-gets-the-green-light-20091215-ktzc.html)

Gingersnap
12-15-2009, 09:04 PM
Bumping for Bozos.

SarasotaRepub
12-15-2009, 09:08 PM
Well I wish the gubmint would censor whacky Russian spammers from here. :mad::D

Rockntractor
12-15-2009, 09:08 PM
Bumping for Bozos.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/smoking-bozo.jpg?t=1260929301

Rockntractor
12-15-2009, 09:10 PM
Well I wish the gubmint would censor whacky Russian spammers from here. :mad::D

They never answer my replies either.

FeebMaster
12-15-2009, 09:27 PM
We'll miss you Sonnabend.

Gingersnap
12-15-2009, 09:29 PM
I wonder how the Aussies will measure the success of this effort? Regular people don't surf child porn or terrorism tactics or 9 easy ways to make poison out of playing cards. The kind of people who do won't be very baffled by a government firewall.

What's ultimate aim of this? :confused:

FeebMaster
12-15-2009, 09:38 PM
I wonder how the Aussies will measure the success of this effort? Regular people don't surf child porn or terrorism tactics or 9 easy ways to make poison out of playing cards. The kind of people who do won't be very baffled by a government firewall.

What's ultimate aim of this? :confused:

Control. Sure, it's just blocking now, but that could change. Stopping people from going to sites the government doesn't like. Hassling/fining people who attempt to go to a banned site. There's lots of ways they could expand on it.

Who knows? It's Australia. They ban video games for pity's sake.


I'd have set it up as a white list instead. If you want your website to be visible, you'd have send in an application and bribe, I mean fee, to the government.

Gingersnap
12-15-2009, 09:44 PM
I'd have set it up as a white list instead. If you want your website to be visible, you'd have send in an application and bribe, I mean fee, to the government.

LOL! Bribes (fees)............government at its finest. :p

PoliCon
12-15-2009, 10:08 PM
What's ultimate aim of this? :confused: To reestablish the feudal system of control.

Gingersnap
12-15-2009, 10:22 PM
To reestablish the feudal system of control.

That's a leap - for now, anyway.

They want to do that here, of course. The only reason they haven't organized it yet is because every single tech-savvy male between 15 and 55 would dedicate his entire waking existence to making the government look like fools on the international stage. That's no small threat when you have a population of 300 million. ;)

PoliCon
12-15-2009, 10:26 PM
That's a leap - for now, anyway.

It may be a leap - but all the evidence I see makes me feel comfortable making the leap. They wanna tie us to the land again - all of their eco-regulations - and prevent us from traveling - again eco regulations tied with the planned elimination of sensible fuels - IE FOSSIL FUELS - the wanna control our access to energy - our access to travel - our access to information - our healthcare - they want peasants while they live the lives of the feudal lords.

Gingersnap
12-15-2009, 10:39 PM
It may be a leap - but all the evidence I see makes me feel comfortable making the leap. They wanna tie us to the land again - all of their eco-regulations - and prevent us from traveling - again eco regulations tied with the planned elimination of sensible fuels - IE FOSSIL FUELS - the wanna control our access to energy - our access to travel - our access to information - our healthcare - they want peasants while they live the lives of the feudal lords.

They don't want peasants - we don't have the European forelock-tugging history to make that work. They want sweatshops and tenements. That we do have history of accepting.

Although I don't know if this Aussie censorship is a step on the road to that. More likely it's just more nannyism.

PoliCon
12-15-2009, 10:52 PM
They don't want peasants - we don't have the European forelock tugging-history to make that work. They want sweatshops and tenements. That we do have history of accepting.

Although I don't know if this Aussie censorship is a step on the road to that. More likely it's just more nannyism.

same difference on both counts.

Sonnabend
12-16-2009, 05:31 AM
This has ZERO chance of making it past the Senate. Rudd and Conroy can bluster all they want..it will die and soon.

Rudd has more or less just committed political suicide. No one will support it, and those who do will have some VERY unhappy constituents.

Rockntractor
12-16-2009, 09:37 AM
This has ZERO chance of making it past the Senate. Rudd and Conroy can bluster all they want..it will die and soon.

Rudd has more or less just committed political suicide. No one will support it, and those who do will have some VERY unhappy constituents.

Hi Sonna! Are they listening to us? Is it safe to talk? Maybe we can come up with a code.:confused:

Sonnabend
12-18-2009, 02:40 AM
One more word and you're pork chops :D