#1 Aussies Okay Internet Censorship Deal.10-30-2008, 10:13 AMAustralia to implement mandatory internet censorship
October 29, 2008 12:02pm
AUSTRALIA will join China in implementing mandatory censoring of the internet under plans put forward by the Federal Government.
The revelations emerge as US tech giants Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, and a coalition of human rights and other groups unveiled a code of conduct aimed at safeguarding online freedom of speech and privacy.
The government has declared it will not let internet users opt out of the proposed national internet filter.
The plan was first created as a way to combat child pronography and adult content, but could be extended to include controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.
Communications minister Stephen Conroy revealed the mandatory censorship to the Senate estimates committee as the Global Network Initiative, bringing together leading companies, human rights organisations, academics and investors, committed the technology firms to "protect the freedom of expression and privacy rights of their users".
Mr Conroy said trials were yet to be carried out, but "we are talking about mandatory blocking, where possible, of illegal material."
The net nanny proposal was originally going to allow Australians who wanted uncensored access to the web the option of contacting their internet service provider to be excluded from the service.
Human Rights Watch has condemned internet censorship, and argued to the US Senate "there is a real danger of a Virtual Curtain dividing the internet, much as the Iron Curtain did during the Cold War, because some governments fear the potential of the internet, (and) want to control it"
Groups including the System Administrators Guild of Australia and Electronic Frontiers Australia have attacked the proposal, saying it would unfairly restrict Australians' access to the web, slow internet speeds and raise the price of internet access.
EFA board member Colin Jacobs said it would have little effect on illegal internet content, including child pornography, as it would not cover file-sharing networks.
"If the Government would actually come out and say we're only targeting child pornography it would be a different debate," he said.
The technology companies' move, which follows criticism that the companies were assisting censorship of the internet in nations such as China, requires them to narrowly interpret government requests for information or censorship and to fight to minimise cooperation.
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10-30-2008, 10:25 AM
With the various technological advances coming virtually every day and the tendency for sweet young things going to college being unwilling to participate in mating rituals with utter dweebs, there are many a bespectacled young male out there with the capacity in both time and ego to circumvent pretty much anything any government can try to impede their microchip related talents.
So, unless various government entities are willing to e-mail these horny young lads and work a deal to get them to come over to their side, via getting them regularly laid, the supposed good intentions of the censors are flaccid, at best.
At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
SonnabendGuest10-30-2008, 02:45 PM
We did not okay it,. the filter is not wanted, and the Government is pressing ahead despite massive disagreement.
There has been a very vocal outcry over this, and trust me, we are not letting this happen.No one has "okayed it"...and we intend to see it doesnt happen.
SonnabendGuest10-31-2008, 08:08 AMWell, you voted for them.
Is CU on the black list? It'd be a real shame to lose you.
10-31-2008, 08:28 AM
What they should really do is have a white list of government approved sites. That way all of the unpleasant things out there would be blocked automatically.
They could set up a whole department or ministry (do you call them ministries in Australia?) dedicated to processing requests from websites who want to be on the government approved list and therefore visible in Australia.
Why, you could even require a small fee with the application. There are a lot of websites out there. This could be a great boon for government revenue.
I see great things ahead for this project.
SonnabendGuest10-31-2008, 08:33 AMThat's Democracy for you.
Dont go there.
10-31-2008, 10:39 AM
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