US concerned by Australian Internet filter plan
Call me Con, for Conroy! Â And don’t worry, you still got cricket!
By ROD McGUIRK /Associated Press Writer
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United States has raised concerns with Australia about the impact of a proposed Internet filter that would place restrictions on Web content, an official said Monday.
The concerns of Australia’s most important security ally further undermine plans that would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world’s democracies.
“Our main message of course is that we remain committed to advancing the free flow of information which we view as vital to economic prosperity and preserving open societies globally,” a U.S. State Department spokesman Michael Tran told The Associated Press by telephone from Washington.
Tran declined to say when or at what level the U.S. State Department raised its concerns with Australia and declined to detail those concerns.
Continue reading KRudd's Internet Filter Will Put Australia in the Same League As China
Australia on internet watchlist with Iran, North Korea
Socialism is all about total control:
Coming to rule and to regulate…YOU!
A top media rights watchdog has listed Australia along with Iran and North Korea in a report on countries that pose a threat of internet censorship.
Paris-based media rights group Reporters Without Borders on Thursday put Australia and South Korea on its list of countries “under surveillance” in its “Internet Enemies” report.
But its not all bad news:
Big move by Google:Â GOOGLE Inc. executives are “99.9 percent” sure they will pull the plug on their Chinese search engine after talks with Chinese officials over censorship concerns have broken down. More here>>
The ‘dirty’ excuses:
Australia was listed for the government’s plan to block access to websites featuring material such as rape, drug use, bestiality and child sex abuse.
Critics say the plan is a misguided measure that will harm civil liberties by blocking a broader range of content than just nasty material.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has said heÂ plans to introduce legislation by the end of next week that would require ISPs to block a blacklist of “refused classification” websites for all Australians.
Continue reading Stephen Conroy, "Internet Villain of the Year"
“Censorship is like forbidding a man from eating a steak because a child can’t chew it.”
You knew this was coming. What did you do to stop it?
By Ezra Levant on July 16, 2009
I’m honoured to write the back page of Canada’s leading legal magazine,Â Canadian Lawyer. I’ve been doing it for more than threeÂ years, and it’s a tough gig — imagine how nit-picky the readers can be! But I love it because of the quality of the readers, the legal focusÂ of theÂ columnÂ and the regular blasts I get in the letters page.
Anyways,Â some of my columns are available online, so overÂ the next little while I’m going to link to some of those. Here’s oneÂ I wrote in May aboutÂ Australia’s embarrassing attempt to censor the Internet. Some excerpts:
…Australia’s government nannies have officially banned 1,370 web sites. They’ve drawn up a blacklist, just like the medieval index of banned books. Right now it’s a voluntary pilot project to which Internet service providers can submit. But if the trial run is deemed a success and made law, anyone who links to a blacklisted site can be fined $11,000 a day. That means it will be a crime not just to provide the contents of a web site, but to merely reproduce its address.
That’s not just like banning books. It’s like banning books, and banning saying the banned book’s title. It’s a lot of banning.
Too much like pay to play
HI-TECH firms and corporate governance experts are concerned about a fundraising dinner at whichÂ companies hoping to gain National Broadband Network contracts will be asked to donate to the ALP.
Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett will attend an ALP fundraising dinner in Hobart tonight with information and communication technology company executives. Â Andrew Bolt
Continue reading F*kc! Australia's Internet Censorship Gong Show
Banned hyperlinks could cost you $11,000 a day
Asher Moses / SMH /Â With thanks to V@V
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* Do Australians want guys like Conroy, KRudd, Calma or Gillard to control the websites they can access? Are you kidding?
The Australian communications regulator says it will fine people who hyperlink to sites on its blacklist, which has been further expanded to include several pages on the anonymous whistleblower site Wikileaks.
Wikileaks was added to the blacklist for publishing a leaked document containing Denmark’s list of banned websites.
Continue reading Australia: Censorship & the Internet Police
Censoring the Internet suits those who seek to destroy Liberal Democracy.Â Our Constitution currently mandates that our elected Representatives must enact “the will of the people.”
* Who the f*kc are these creeps to Â impose an Internet filter to block 10,000-plus “unwanted” sites from us? Did you vote for that?
Seems Kevin Rudd has a fondness for all things Chinese…. including internet censorship.
READERS ofÂ The Courier-MailÂ online have blasted plans for Australia’s mandatory internet filter to block 10,000 websites.
The websites form a blacklist of unspecified “unwanted content”, Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy revealed in Federal Parliament.
* The government stooges peddle the usual crap about “child porn”- but there are no 10.000 child porn sites anywhere. So what is it really?/ed
Continue reading KRudd's Brain Police Wants Internet Filter to Block 10,000-plus "Unwanted" Sites