Another Reason Australia Sucks

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  1. #1 Hoboman, Oct 30, 2008
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    Australia to implement mandatory internet censorship

    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.

    The initiative provides a systematic approach to "work together in resisting efforts by governments that seek to enlist companies in acts of censorship and surveillance that violate international standards", the participants said.

    In a statement, Yahoo co-founder and chief executive Jerry Yang welcomed the new code of conduct.

    "These principles provide a valuable roadmap for companies like Yahoo operating in markets where freedom of expression and privacy are unfairly restricted," he said.

    "Yahoo was founded on the belief that promoting access to information can enrich people's lives, and the principles we unveil today reflect our determination that our actions match our values around the world."

    Yahoo was thrust into the forefront of the online rights issue after the Californian company helped Chinese police identify cyber dissidents whose supposed crime was expressing their views online.

    China exercises strict control over the internet, blocking sites linked to Chinese dissidents, the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement, the Tibetan government-in-exile and those with information on the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.

    A number of US companies, including Microsoft, Cisco, Google and Yahoo, have been hauled before the US Congress in recent years and accused of complicity in building the "Great Firewall of China".

    The Australian Christian Lobby, however, has welcomed the proposals.

    Managing director Jim Wallace said the measures were needed.

    "The need to prevent access to illegal hard-core material and child pornography must be placed above the industry's desire for unfettered access," Mr Wallace said.


    How long until the US follows suit?
  2. Who was it that was saying the new government wasn't doing bat shit insane stuff as the previous Howard government? WHO?!
  3. I dont think the US will.

    Unlike Stewicide, I believe that an explicit bill of rights has a purpose: which is this.
  4. "The Australian Christian Lobby, however, has welcomed the proposals."

  5. this.

    People often make the mistake of thinking that the Australian consitution protects freedom of speech, but they're wrong. It only protects the right to a fair trial, to elect our government and to own land IIRC.
  6. Now if we just have CCTVs installed EVERYWHERE we'll be like the UK.
  7. Isn't this just a proposal at the moment? There's no certainty that it will get passed as law.

    Anyways, I really can't see myself giving a shit, unless internet speeds are somehow affected. Because apart from that, I really can't see this affecting my internet experience.
  8. yeah, they're in your FACE AND STUFF LOL.
  9. the "if Im not doing anything wrong..." mindset leads to a very slippery slope though.
  10. Thier accent is freakin annoying.
  11. Says who? People always say that but where are the facts to back it up.

    It's the same as retards who think if Obama starts tightening gun laws then oh no we'll start losing all our civil liberties. It's paranoid talk and it's complete bullshit.
  12. Says the North Koreans
  13. Says common sense.

    If you give away 1% of the civil liberties you give away 100% of the principle. Making exceptions to the "unbreakable rules" is always a quick way to go down a slippery slope.

    Its one of the founding principles of American government. The supreme court dictates things via precedent. If there was a precedent set that said "youre allowed to take away inalienable rights," any other case/bill/whatever from now until whenever could use that same logic. Its a very poor precedent to set.
  14. A group of girls who I was playing COD4 against on xbox live told me my accent was incredibly sexy. Granted, they were probably fat #%!@es who shit hot dogs, but stil...<A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
  15. So we're going to turn into North Korea?

    I cant wait to meet Kim Jong Phil
  16. lol.
  17. Common sense my arse. Common sense is so rare it might as well be a superpower.
  18. do you download torrents, look at porn?
    these will be gone! will prolly be blocked

    but realisticly i dont think its possible to pull off. and it will be easy enuf to bypass anyway. all its going to to do is make our shitty internet here even slower
  19. christians are so quick to sensor shit, but their own literature is often very offensive. we should sensor the bible
  20. What sort of sensor would you install in the bible? O2? Temperature? Fluid level?
  21. you made me lol for once
  22. chan ;_;
  23. oh, another reason why australia sucks
    South Australias Governer General has refused to even allow the report into getting an R18+ classification for video games in australia. the vote must be agreed on unanimously, so while this douchbag is in office / alive, it can never happen

    doesnt stop downloading them but
  24. Only rarely use torrents and I can do without porn. LOL yeah getting banned would be disastrous though<A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
    But like I said, I'm not judging how it would affect other people, but personally it wouldn't bother me, apart from the impact it'd have on speeds.

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