Info on certain last minute Coalition announcements: the now-rescinded opt-out Internet filter and the very much not-rescinded proposal to investigate “increasingly ridiculous research grants” by the Australian Research Council
It’s good to see Stephen Conroy finally face the facts: his filter proposal was about as clever as equipping a blue whale to pursue a vulture.
Sen. Conroy announced today that the mandatory filter is going to be put onto the back-burner until an independent inquiry has been held.
The government’s $128.8 million Cyber Safety policy includes forcing internet service providers to block access to a secret blacklist of website pages identified as ”refused classification” by the Australian police. Web pages will be nominated for blacklisting by Australian internet users who come across illegal or ”unacceptable” websites.
From the Oz A spokeswoman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said yesterday the legislation would not be introduced next month’s or the June sittings of parliament. With parliament not sitting again until the last week of August, the laws are unlikely to be passed before the election. Vote Green, Green, Green in the Senate, y’all. Then this ridiculous law won’t… Read more →
That nasty Google is saying terrible things about his shiny net filter that he wants to give to all Australians, whether they want it or not.
“The internet filter will not protect kids from nasty things on the net, but will instead give parents a false sense of security leading to the very outcomes that they are trying to prevent”.
Well, the proposed Australian internet filtering plans have shifted, and changed, and been fiddled with, and shifted again. We went from an across-the-board opt-out censorship system (the election promise), to some sort of “clean feed” (a meaningless term), to mandatory nationwide censorship of all sorts of things, to mandatory nationwide censorship of Refused Classification material, to something that we won’t… Read more →
For those interested in Minister Stephen Conroy’s plans to introduce mandatory internet censorship to Australia, check out Wendy Carlisle’s show on the Background Briefing. ABC Radio National: Conroy’s clean feed It’s well-researched, and it explains the issue from square one, right back to Conroy’s fib that Kevin Rudd’s Labor government campaigned on the issue and therefore has a mandate to… Read more →
Clive Hamilton, “public intellectual”, has been banging on about how wrong wrongitty wrong anti-censorship advocates are. Clive has been stampily regurgitating the mantra of the censors: “I have heard no one argue that films, television, books and magazine should be a free-for-all. But somehow all of this goes out the window when it comes to the internet.” There’s an obvious… Read more →
The West is running a “Leavers’ Diary” in their Blogs section: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four. It’s a tedious, poorly-written mishmash of “got pissed, got laid, spewed, fuck yeah.” As you’d pretty much expect from Schoolies’ Week. The latest entry is starting to show signs of a “Dangers of Alcohol” story beloved of PSAs everywhere. My question:… Read more →
This is part three of a transcription of MMM’s Spoonman show on internet censorship, which aired 13 November 2008. You can download the podcast here. Previous parts: Part One, an interview with EFA Chair Dale Clapperton. Part two, an interview with Steve Dalby from internet service provider Iinet. Share this post? Related posts: Conroy backing down on internet censorship? Quickhit:… Read more →
The Spoonman on MMM last night hosted a discussion of Conroy & Rudd’s internet censorship plans. You can download the podcast here. Here’s a transcript of the first part of the show, with EFA Chair Dale Clapperton. (errors are mine, bold are where words were spoken with particular emphasis or to pick out dot points). Stay tuned for more. [click… Read more →
[edited 24/25/27 Oct 2008 to update Further Reading list and keep the links roundup up to date.] Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has been trying to extract information on the new internet filtering plans in Senate Estimates committee. Here’s the transcript, via the Greens website. My notes: * Internet filtering funding has been allocated $44.2 million over four years. * Real… Read more →