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  1. #1 Aussies Okay Internet Censorship. 
    Internet censorship plan gets the green light

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    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.
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    Bumping for Bozos.
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    Well I wish the gubmint would censor whacky Russian spammers from here. :mad::D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    Well I wish the gubmint would censor whacky Russian spammers from here. :mad::D
    They never answer my replies either.
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    We'll miss you Sonnabend.
    ... certain forms of ammunition have no legitimate sporting, recreational, or self-defense use and thus should be prohibited. Such action is long overdue.

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    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    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?
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FeebMaster View Post
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post

    What's ultimate aim of this?
    To reestablish the feudal system of control.
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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